The Naiad Voyages

Mark Austen

2019.10.02 - A Boat Full of Water

Well, not really, but I couldn't think of a better title for this post.

I have made it a habit to take the Friday before and the Monday after an event as annual leave since it makes the event a lot less stressful than it would otherwise. We then have plenty of time to pack, drive, unpack and recover.

Last weekend was our last event of the season and you may have noticed that it rained a fair bit. The Saturday for us was fairly dry, but the Sunday was pretty much a washout and when we returned home we found out from neighbours that the rain on Sunday had been worse than torrential.

Now what has this got to do with Naiad I hear you ask and I'm glad you asked that question. Since I had Monday off and it was a fairly pleasant day, I went down to the boat just after lunch to check her over and to have a cup of tea. The tea bit failed as I forgot to talk along any milk and the powdered milk I keep on board was now powdered cheese after the hot Summer weather so I had a cup of soup instead as those were still good.

Sitting in the cockpit in the sun and relaxing I noticed that there was water in the lazarette where a rib prevented the water from flowing into the bilge. I checked the bilges and they were fairly dry, so not much water had got into the boat, but the question was from where had it come?

I keep the folding bucket, washing up bowl and drainer under the poop deck and on investigation I found these full of water as well as the bucket lid which, for some reason, was not on the bucket but by itself on the other side of the boat. Sill, the question was answered.

There are three placed that the rain water can get into the boat, even with the cover over the cockpit if the rain is very heavy and these are the two holes in the poop deck for the cockpit tent support legs and the after part of the deck where it meets the upstand.

You can see one of the holes in the poop deck in this photo and there is another one on the other side, but since the deck is curved, you can't see it from this angle.

This is the underside of the poop deck during construction looking towards the aft and port and the aft joint between the deck and the upstand can be seen starting in the upper left of the photo and ending near the middle. Even in this photo you can see that the joint is not very good and has large gaps.

Now, the poop deck is removable and so that joint is not sealed in any way and when the rain is heavy, this joint and the two holes allow water to get inside the boat.

The fix is relatively easy. Firstly I'll stick a thin strip of neoprene on the poop deck where it meets the upstand which will seal that joint but still allow the deck to be removed. I have some neoprene strip left over from sealing the forehatch. Secondly, I'll make a couple of bungs to fit into the leg holes.

I have to admit that I saw bungs in these holes in some photos of Shoal Waters but decided that, since the cockpit had a cover, these were unnecessary. I was in error thinking this, so bungs will be made in the very near future.

Fortunately, water only gets in when the rain is torrential, the cover keeps the rain out otherwise.