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BWLucky13 posted 09-14-2006 08:48 AM ET (US)   Profile for BWLucky13   Send Email to BWLucky13  
A couple of months ago, I noticed a light brown liquid coming from the wiring hole in the hull underneath the steering console of my 130 Sport. The ooze feels slightly sticky and contains some crystals when rubbed between your fingers. The stuff runs down the inside of the hull and forms a little puddle in the floor.

The gunk cleans up OK, but not without a lot of elbow grease. Petroleum based and ammonia based cleaners do not help very much. After cleaning, the stuff comes back again within the month. My boat is garaged and has a loose fitting dust cover.

Does anyone have an explanation of what might be the source of this gunk?

Jkcam posted 09-14-2006 04:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jkcam  Send Email to Jkcam     
I believe it is uncured resin. I've seen the discharge before in a couple of my Whalers. If I recall correctly I contacted Chuck Bennett at B/W and asked him what it was and if I should be concerned. Again, if memory serves me correctly, he advised that it was not any problem and that the next time I had the boat in for service, the dealer would reseal the drilled hole and stop the discharge (but obviously not the reason for the discharge). Anyway it never seemed to get worse and never manifested itself in any other type of problem. Eventually, it seemed to lessen and I seemed to not worry about it any further. How old is your boat?
BWLucky13 posted 09-14-2006 09:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for BWLucky13  Send Email to BWLucky13     
The boat is a 2001 model. The idea that the discharge from the hull might be uncured resin had not occured to me but certainly seems plausible. The liquid looks like partially dried cola syrup and contains a few crystals about the size of margarita salt. The liquid does look similar to some resin formulations that I have seen. But, I have not seen crystals in resin before.

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