It does happen. Over the years in the sun and water the caulk can shrink and allow water to enter. If you are having trouble finding the entry point have a friend watch the inside while you spray the outside with a hose. If the water is entering the center window new seals are in order. If you still have trouble finding the entry point, this is going to sound a little nutty and your marina mates are never going to let you live it down. Spray the outside of the windshields down with a heavy coating of thick dish soap. A garden sprayer works well for this. Now the nutty part. Take a leaf blower and direct the forced air around the the inside of the windshield. Where the bubbles form on the outside is where the water entry point is. After everyone has finished with the yard work comments in your cockpit, they will marvel at your genius and leaf blowers will pop up every weekend for a month or two.
Customer Service Rep.
S2 Yachts, Zeelander
725 E 40th St
Holland, MI 49423
You need a weekly tips and tricks column or post!
Between you and Capt. Chris B! I'm sure there about a million others out there.
Brian, Thanks for the tip. I do have a leak on the bottom of both sides of the opening middle windshield. I cleared each drain hole on the sides of the hatch. Water seems to pool in the space at the bottom of the opening (where the drain holes are)...
You mentioned that new seals are needed - can basic weatherstripping do the trick or is there an OEM seal that Tiara sells? It seems like there should be some sort of silicon seal that goes all the way around the opening to block water from the crack surrounding the opening...My 2900 is a 1997 so I'm not sure if something has disintegrated over the years...
We just bought a 1998 3500 Open and I'm having a similar problem, but at the top of the windshield frame. There are noticeable gaps in the frame. The window seals are fine, but the frame is leaking. I was thinking about taping one side, and trying to fill with silicon. From what I've heard this creates a mess. The problem is my helm electronics get wet when a wave comes over the windshield. Other than a full replacement, are there any suggestions?
can you send to me too? How do i clear the drains? i have a '94 31' firstname.lastname@example.org my center leaks so when i wash the boat, it gets on my dash. the real problem is then it leaks down into the door frame which seeps down into my cabin. I can see teh drops on the underside of the door slider rail inside.
While you're sending emails, I'd like a set of whatever you have also. My windshield has a leak (small, but I want to take care of it before it gets worse) on the starboard top side.
My email is email@example.com. Thanks in advance!
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