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  • honiell
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    2007 Meridian 490 (Bayliner 4788)
    Leak through port galley/salon ceiling lights and into leak inside galley cabinet just aft of range. Leaked in heavy rains. Fix was to remove the aluminum trim above the port side pilothouse door. This trim extends all the way around the “eyebrow” and ends over the stbd pilothouse door. Behind this trim on the port side was a 3 foot long opening or “crack” where the pilothouse “roof” and the “wall” that contains the pilothouse door come together. The crack was 1/16” to 1/8” wide. After attempts to seal crack with sealants and foams failed, filled in with West System 6/10 Epoxy Adhesive, which comes in a regular caulk gun sized tube and has a mixing nozzle end so that filling the hole is as easy as caulking. (PS the tube of epoxy can be resealed with the end plug it was sold with so you can use the epoxy left for another job. Just need to buy another mixing nozzle sold at West Marine.) This leak issue is either a design issue or an assembly screw up. Either way, we are hopeful this finally solves the leak issue.

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  • honiell
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    2007 Meridian 490 (Bayliner 4788)
    A saltwater leak that drenched the step below the aft starboard corner of the bed/mattress in the master cabin. Leaked only when running and mostly when seas were quartering on the stbd bow. Water would also run aft to the master head door and down to master cabin floor. Gave us fits. Often vacuumed up a gallon of seawater during a 2 or 3 hour run. The problem, found by our surveyor during our 10-year survey, was this: there wad an about 1”dia drain hole in the bottom of the chain locker. It exits low on the stbd bow. When the boat was built the drain hole was simply drilled through the hull and left. It was not sleeved or otherwise sealed. When running, water was forced into the hole, then traveled through the hull (between the inner and outer layers of the hull, and also through the pink plastic foam coring between the inner and outer layers of the hull) to a point behind the metal grate that is below the aft stbd edge of the bed/mattress. We pulled out the metal grate and pulled up the carpet behind it and there was a longitudinal opening or slit through the inner hull where the water was coming into the cabin. In other words, water was entering the inner hull through the anchor locker drain hole, migrating aft through the coring, and coming out near the base of the master bed.
    Fix was to fit a metal sleeve in the drain hole and epoxy it in place. And, seal the opening through the inner hull under the stbd aft end of the bed with epoxy. PROBLEM SOLVED — no leak anymore.
    PS this leak was fixed after thoroughly sealing portholes, railings/mounts, and rub rail.

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  • ddw1668
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    Today's heavy rain revealed the dreaded starboard scupper drain leak above the salon valance. What is the correct stainless replacement?

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  • egbauman
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    This is an amazing thread. Has anyone experienced water leaking through the forward light on the starboard side of the salon? We just had a big rain blow through and found water in the light fixtures of the three forward lights on the starboard side with the most forward light being the worst offender. I’ve resealed the first few screws on the exterior drip rail and will see if this repairs the problem. Seems to happen only in a very heavy rain.

    if this is the forward starboard flybridge scupper, how do I get at it?

    Thanks in advance.

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  • Tortuga
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    I have removed mine , I found the drain was not sealed good from the factory and had to remove the interior panels also to remove it and reseal it . I also found that they used plastic and 1 of mine was cracked so I replaced all with stainless . Are you in Alamitos ? I think you are on my Dock .

  • Sleepwalk
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    Originally posted by Luludog16 View Post
    New to the site. I’ve got a significant topside leak on the starboard side in the salon. Water dripping from light fixtures and water stains on the valance. I’ve traced it to either the starboard side scupper at the forward corner of the upper bridge or the starboard settee where it screws to the deck of the upper bridge. Either way I think I need to remove the starboard side settee to access the problem. Does anybody know the best way to remove that big settee once I get the screws out? It appears to be very firmly attached with something like 5200.

    Steve
    Blonde Voyage II
    2000 4788
    Check to make sure your hatch at the base of the radar arch is sealed properly. Mine wasn't and I had similar symptoms to those you describe. Pulled it off and 5200'd it to the deck structure.

    Chris

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  • Woodsea
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    This sounds like the porthole leak we had. See my post above on remedy.

  • Sonrise
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    To all with 4788 leaks...
    i have owned our 1998 4788 since new. Have fought several leaks in that time. Would be happy to respond to anyone still fighting specific leaks as I might have ‘been there-done that’.
    PS: the most interesting was a scupper drain on command bridge!

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  • jim.sumi
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    Use VHB tape to reseal the plexi to frame- it's a double-sided 3M product they typically use to secure body parts like flares etc on cars. I also found big gaps between porthole frame and hull- looked liked they used a chain saw to cut the opening. I'm hoping I've managed to seal well enough to withstand hull flexing in heavy seas. We'll find out over time, but so far so good on the one I've redone. I'll get to a couple of others if the first holds up.

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  • Luludog16
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    New to the site. I’ve got a significant topside leak on the starboard side in the salon. Water dripping from light fixtures and water stains on the valance. I’ve traced it to either the starboard side scupper at the forward corner of the upper bridge or the starboard settee where it screws to the deck of the upper bridge. Either way I think I need to remove the starboard side settee to access the problem. Does anybody know the best way to remove that big settee once I get the screws out? It appears to be very firmly attached with something like 5200.

    Steve
    Blonde Voyage II
    2000 4788

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  • MalNSF
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    Our starboard side was the cause of a recent leak. The guy helping us mentioned the plastic was brittle. We replaced with new access plates and rebed both for good measure. To access the starboard one, you have to unbold the flybridge galley and pull it out so you can even get to the access panel.

  • MalNSF
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    With the crazy rains we have had recently we discovered a slew of new leaks.

    1. Main Salon - Starboard Valence
    Was caused by three things. Cracked starboard flybridge drain through-hull right by the exterior stairs. The access panel behind the flybridge galley was leaking as well as the connections where the power and water cables/pipes go through the wall behind the flybridge galley. The aft flybridge bolt that bolts down the arch just above the flybridge galley access plate. We had to disassemble and remove the starboard valence completely to find these

    2. Midship Bed
    The base of the bed was soaked. The ingress was the port rub rail near the office stateroom. We pulled the rub rail off and rebed it. There was also some leakage around the porthole windows into the office stateroom. We caulked all around those and it seemed to solve the issue.

    3. Main Salon - Port Valence
    This was harder to find. We believe it was coming from the aluminum gutters around the radar arch. We basically caulked and rebed everything possible around the arch and it solved the leak.

    There leakage around the base of the pilothouse windshield that we have not resolved yet. Also, in the main salon, most of the aft windows have a minor leak. Everything needs to be resealed as the gasket has shrunk around these areas. Our guys is suggesting we pull the gasket and just replace with black sikaflex.

    This winter we will be caulking and rebidding the starboard rub rail or good measure.

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  • MalNSF
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    We had our pump fail last week. Yuck. I love your solution. Super easy. New project for next weekend!

  • jsimpson
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    Drip rail on pilot house roof, apparently, when the screws (attach the drip rail to the roof) were installed, sealant not used..?

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  • Swimmster
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    Originally posted by Tortuga View Post
    I had a few water leaks kick my ass . 1- mid would take on water over 8 knts , traced the leak to coming out a screw hole behind the icemaker . I glued a hose to the inside of the hull and poured dye and water in it , I had to hook up a vac to the hose and push it into the hull and found the dye and water leaking out of my anchor locker clamshell. They did not seal up the hole after drilling it when built . At 10 mph the water was pushed right up into that clam shell and in between the 2 hull layers traveling 18' back till it found a hole. Cheap fix , but many hours
    curious about this... Up until we started or voyage south, or v berth closets have mostly been dry aside from some heavy rain.. Every time we stop, the closets are wet and the floors in front of each are soaking wet.. Dry them out, next stop, soaked again..

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