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    Cabin leak - calling all 288, 2858, etc... owners-gctid385112

    Have water in cabin area that is driving the admiral nuts. I have a 288 command bridge, when we return to boat after a week or so I find the carpet, behind the berth under the dinette, wet. The area specifically port side, near steps from entry, below the cabinet and dinette against hull. The storage cabinet behind the dinette is also wet. This is area where the seat back on the dinette opens up to gain access to storage area. And I mean wet, sometimes puddle in there, I believe the floor is wet due to seepage from above. I have cleared the window tracks and drains, several times. Sometimes debris builds up in there and clogs drains.

    My boat is in rack marina, but outside of the building so subject to weather. I see a lot of discussion about bow rail mounting brackets leaking, but the rail is no where near this area, when I find water in the compartment I try to "follow it back" to a source, but I find the rest of the compartment is usually dry. Ususally the wetness starts about midway in the compartment, with puddle at back.(due to angle of boat in rack). Tell me where to look for this and how to trace. I have run hose over the area while at dock and find no active water intrusion in the compartment. Almost sure it cant be window because shelf below window is never wet or showing signs of water. Do I need to revove and reseal rub rail even though I can not reproduce leak while running water over that area? Stumped....

    #2
    Sometimes the weld breaks in the corners of your window tracks letting water leak into yor boat internally. a small dab of silicone in the corners might help

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      #3
      Try a search for this. I'm almost positive there was a thread on this. I recall the leak was found above that cabinet area where the flybridge attaches...
      Jeff & Tara
      (And Ginger too)
      Lake Havasu City, AZ

      2000 Bayliner 3388
      "GetAway"
      Cummins 4bta 250s

      In memory of Shadow, the best boat dog ever. Rest in peace, girl. July 2, 2010

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        #4
        Tom: Another thing to check is the port-side midship cleat....perhaps that is where the water is getting in, since it's directly above the the storage compartment behind the center dinette seatback. If that cleat is not properly bedded and sealed, that could be your problem. I recall you posted a similar thread to this last year when you had water by the cabinet against the port side aft of the dinette. You might also want to pop the oval access hatch on the arch port side and see if there's any water in there. If I remember correctly, your arch was removed when you had the boat transported from FLA to NC...maybe the seams where the arch meets the bridge needs to be resealed. Seems like there are several things you could inspect.....hope it works out well for you.
        Ted
        2005 288 Command Bridge
        350 Mag MPI / BRAVO III

        Every Day Is Saturday

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          #5
          how nice to hear from you Ted, I will check on that cleat, that is the only thing I can think of that makes sense.

          Hope you are doing well and launch and startup went well. I'll be jealous of any trips you make out east, I sure enjoyed that trip to Greenport, and Sag Harbor.

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            #6
            trode wrote:
            how nice to hear from you Ted, I will check on that cleat, that is the only thing I can think of that makes sense.

            Hope you are doing well and launch and startup went well. I'll be jealous of any trips you make out east, I sure enjoyed that trip to Greenport, and Sag Harbor.
            Hello. Hade the same problem with my 288. Took apart all the panels in the entrance. Found leaks from ceeling. Coming from Flybridge. Removed seats on Flybridge. Found that the fixing screws for the ceeling panels had penetrated the gelcoat under the seats. the seats were by the way glued with some Sikaflex or similar. Rather hard to loosen.

            Filled all holes. Kept the panels disassembled for some rainy days to secure that I found the leaks.

            Also lifted the canvas hooks on top of the entrance seeling. None of them were covered with sealing, Sikaflex.

            Also the back wrest of the rear Flybridge sofa had 3 screws for attachment. All 3 screws Going right into the wall behind, penetrating and not sealed!

            Not so good qulity from bayliner Would say.

            The leaks alsmost drove me crazy until I found it.

            Br, POS

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