Seepage or Flooding? How To Keep Water Out of the Boat

In Part 2 of Hidden Maintenance Problems, we explore water intrusion, ranging from the insidious to the catastrophic.


Boats are made to live on water, but that does not mean they are impervious to the stuff. Some systems, like the  electrical system and the marine electronics, just do not mix with water. Other things below the deck can be quickly damaged by water.

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Roland Stockham
Roland Stockham got his start sailing Olympic-class 470s and Finns in his native England. He started his journey as a voyager crewing for yacht owners sailing to Europe because he was handy at diesel repair. His first cruising boat was a 26-ft. Folkboat with no engine. He lives in British Columbia and sails a 35-ft. Colin Archer design. He is a Royal Yachting Association certified Yacht Master and is qualified to make trans-oceanic deliveries.