12 Dec Boat Leaking in the Rain?
To say the past week has been rainy would be an understatement. It has poured. And poured. Over 7 inches of rain.
And that has shown that we have a few leaks to take care of. I know, we’re not supposed to admit that our boats leak. But they do.
At first, when we found a new leak, we’d grab a towel and place it to catch the drip. Then we realized that the rain was soaking through the towel and whatever was underneath (say, a bed or the floor) was still getting wet.
Obviously, the long-term solution was to find and fix the leak. And Dave did an excellent job of that. Any time it stopped raining long enough, he was out rebedding deck hardware.
But what could we do while it was still raining?
We bought a very cheap ($1.97) shower curtain that we could put down under the drip. By keeping the edges up, we could contain any water and wipe it up easily. Since it was big, we could catch drops whether they fell straight down or ran across a hatch or trim and then fell down.
Not exactly elegant, but it worked – and it folds up pretty small, so it’s easy to tuck away. I’m sure it’ll also get used as a drop cloth for a project or two . . . and it’s a lot tougher than the very thin but similarly-priced drop cloths sold in the paint department of places such as Home Depot.
PS. I think this would be really useful to have aboard if you’re going to be in areas where tropical storms are possible. In 2003, we had 22 inches of rain in 24 hours from Tropical Storm Ignacio!