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sideshow posted 11-27-2005 07:06 AM ET (US)   Profile for sideshow   Send Email to sideshow  
I have a 3 month old 305 Conquest. I have noticed that all 4 of the oval shaped cabin windows leak, some worse than others. I am not sure if it is the rubber seal of the window when the windows are locked closed or the seal where the windows are fitted to the cutout in the hull. Has anybody got the same problem? Any suggestions how to fix this problem?

We had a storm today at the marina and I noticed the windows where all leaking from the rain.

handn posted 11-27-2005 09:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
I assume your windows are leaking where the window glass touches the rubber seal. If so open all the windows and clean both the rubber and the glass. Salt deposits can impair the seal. Then tighten all of the fasteners so the window presses harder against the seal but not so hard that the window is difficult to open.
If the leak is from around the window enclosure, the window has to be pulled out of the hull and resealed under warranty. With the latter kind of leak, the water can appear quite a ways from the window. If the leak is right around the window, chances are it is from the glass to rubber seal inside the window enclosure.
The porthole in the head of my 305 leaks a little when the glass gets salty. The window in the head gets opened frequently. The others much less so and I have not noticed leaks there.
BarryGreen posted 12-01-2005 07:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for BarryGreen  Send Email to BarryGreen     
Sideshow - I have a 2005 235 Conquest, and I believe the oval windows (ports) are the same as yours, I just have 2 instead of 4. I have absolutely no leaks with mine even in torrential downpours. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the areas where the hardtop support tubes bolt to the cabin top.

I boat in fresh water only, so the "salt" theory certainly might be credible.

gutsandglory posted 04-26-2006 09:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for gutsandglory  Send Email to gutsandglory     
Hi Barry,
Just read this post and can confirm that my new 235 was leaking also from the hatch area in the front. What did you do?
BarryGreen posted 04-26-2006 12:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for BarryGreen  Send Email to BarryGreen     
Guts -

Is your front hatch where the leak actually is, or is the leak elsewhere and the water just running forward towards the hatch area? I have no leaks at my windows (ports) or the forward hatch; my boat leaked where the hardtop support tubes bolt to the cabin top.

If you remove the two contoured access covers in your cabin overhead, port and starboard, you will see where the hardtop support tubes bolt through the cabin top. I had rain water leaking under the support tube flanges and then down through the large center clearance holes through which BW routes iring from the hardtop to the electrical panel. The flanges generally don't conform perfectly with the angle of the deck, and BW didn't apply enough sealant to fill the gaps. I simply recaulked between the support flanges and the deck, and cured the problem.

Looks like BW needs to have someone with a high pressure hose spray each "cabin" boat down for a few minutes as part of final inspection. Other manufacturers do, and it looks like these leaks are a notable weak spot on the Conquest line.


nooner posted 04-29-2006 12:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for nooner  Send Email to nooner     
i had a leaky window, but then i noticed that the latches we're perpendicular, or straight enough. Once i straightened them they don't leak anymore. I was disappointed with the look of the rubber seal from the outside when I first picked up my 2006 305. no problems anymore with the windows though, cleaning them is a good idea.
gutsandglory posted 05-02-2006 10:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for gutsandglory  Send Email to gutsandglory     
You know I never really considered any other possibility other than the forward hatch. All I knew was that in heavy rains, the cabin cushions were soaked. Had the yard look into it but then the season ended. I'm gonna check out other causes. Thanks Barry.
jhelms posted 08-11-2006 09:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for jhelms  Send Email to jhelms     
Our 2005 CQ305 did the same thing when it was brand new. We had the yard check and tighten them and they have not leaked this year at all.

Could very well have been the straigtening of the latches as mentioned.

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