Deck and cabin water leaks

  • October 10, 2023 6:18 PM
    Message # 13265646

    Hi All,

    I recently bought a westsail 32’ style, designed by William Atkins. I have some leaks from my deck that seeps into my cabin. Please see images. The it appears that some of the water is entering through the plate that holds the rail. The bolts for the rail all feel hand tightened. 

    In the image with the chain plate, I did dig out some of the bb sealant and put a bit of water in the crevice and it seems to drain in within 10min or so but can’t find the leak in the cabin  

    On the pictures showing the deck, it appears that two pieces of wood were joined with glue? That’s separating and I’m wondering if that’s also w point or entry for water. Any advice is greatly appreciated! 

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  • October 15, 2023 3:11 PM
    Reply # 13267581 on 13265646
    Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Sorry for the slow reply.  

    I'd would be interested more photo's of your "Westsail 32 like" vessels especially the deck... 

    The images you shared show the many ways that water will leak into your boat. 

    Here is a link to a photo album of how we repaired an early W32 caprail to prevent leaks.

    Here is the same repair on a later model W32

    In short, it seems that any cracks in the trim / caprails etc will allow water to seep into the boat and eventually cause the issues with the wood etc. 

    Do keep in touch

    Jay Bietz

    WOA Webmaster

  • October 15, 2023 3:30 PM
    Reply # 13267586 on 13265646
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Manny: Cont

     In your first image, I see that around the chain plate (which looks like it goes thru the caprail) the crack will leak for sure into the boat. Looking at the teak deck - every screw holding the teak in place is a potential area for leaks -- and worse yet - letting water into the structure of the deck... ie on Westsails the deck is a sandwich of fiberglass/plywood/fiberglass.  If water gets into the plywood core -- then it will over time begin to rot and the deck will develop soft spots.

    In the last image, I see the crack between the laminated caprails - for sure the water can get into this area and begin rotting but also I'm NOT seeing the chain plate on the outside -- so it may extend into the interior of the vessel.  All your stainless steel chain plates will need to be checked for cracks caused by oxygen starvation and moisture. If I saw the cracks and pockets of missing filler on a Westsail - I would suspect that bondo was used to fair the bulwarks and now the bondo is beginning to fail. 

    Link to images of chain plate repair. 

    Last here is a link to an album with pictures that show "Items that fail"  there are quite a few images of chain plates that have failed. 

    Fair Winds

    Jay Bietz

    Last modified: October 15, 2023 3:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • October 25, 2023 4:36 PM
    Reply # 13271619 on 13265646


    Please send me an email to bud@westsail,com.  I do have lots of information regarding the construction of the boat and the procedures for the necessary repairs.

    Bud Taplin