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David Pendleton posted 05-29-2003 10:27 PM ET (US)   Profile for David Pendleton   Send Email to David Pendleton  
I just spent the Memorial Day weekend readying my boat for the season here in Minnesota.

I've noticed that the caulk between the stern 'box', floor, bow pulpit and helm looks worse every year and has started to separate in some areas.

I shudder to think what would be involved with removing and replacing it.

Any other Conquest owners experiencing this?



tully_mars posted 05-29-2003 11:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for tully_mars  Send Email to tully_mars     
I have been watching mine, but have not seen any deteriorating areas yet. I wonder if the colder/drier winter air is causing it to shrink?

Tully Mars

BW23 posted 05-30-2003 12:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for BW23  Send Email to BW23     
Mine has come loose along the top piece of gunwale joint / coaming pad. I plan to re-caulk in a few days.

I simply removed the caulk around the pulpit because it flexed slightly and nothing would hold.


bsmotril posted 05-30-2003 10:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
No problems for me other than Mildew to scrub off.
IslandMan posted 05-30-2003 01:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for IslandMan  Send Email to IslandMan     
97 C23 seens OK in the 1000 islands area of NY. We have your weather. There are a few spots but nothing major. Paul G
pstollie posted 05-30-2003 01:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for pstollie    
Must be the cold, I'm in Minnesota too. My 2000 Ventura has a number spots that are starting to separate and going to need recaulking. It looked fine before I put it away in November, but I did notice it this spring.
spk2 posted 05-30-2003 06:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for spk2  Send Email to spk2     
I have used sicone sealant at work and have never been happy with the Whaler caulking. My suggestion is to use a Dow Corning 795 building sealant silicone. I don't know about the marine grade materials out there but the stuff at the hardware store is junk. Use plenty of masking tape and clean with alchol prior to caulking. To bad I was not closer I would trade a good wax job for a recaulk. I HATE WAXING BOATS
jimh posted 05-31-2003 12:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I see the common element here: exposure of the caulk to the harsh cold of Minnesota winters.

I bet that if you kept your Boston Whaler at a nice 72-degrees year round that shrinkage of the caulk would be reduced.

There's your solution!



David Pendleton posted 06-01-2003 02:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
I'm going to write it off, figuratively speaking, to the cold.

I think I will make it through this season, and maybe another, but I'm looking at a major re-caulking job somewhere down the line. That's what I dread.

I should keep myself at a nice 72 degree year-round temperature...that'd fix a lot more than shrinkage...

Thanks all.


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