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How to fix a leak in a stock bow light?

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:28 pm
by Alexis
Hi,

I noticed after a rain or after having washed my boat, that a little bit of water is entering from the bow light of my 26x. It is the original (cheap) light which is screwed on the deck.

I am throwing a question to the group before I make the decision to upgrade : is there a way to make it water tight? Maybe a little bit of caulking ? Or by adding a rubber gasket?

Thanks

Re: How to fix a leak in a stock bow light?

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:31 am
by paul I
Is it one of these offered by BWY

http://shop.bwyachts.com/category-s/167.htm

Re: How to fix a leak in a stock bow light?

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:33 pm
by rsvpasap
If the light is fully functional and its appearance is acceptable, remove and rebed it using 5200 sealant.

https://bit.ly/2Vl2I4j

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000AY6CA/re ... il_2?psc=1

https://thd.co/2GNfgOG

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Re: How to fix a leak in a stock bow light?

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:12 pm
by Chinook
They're kinda tricky to remove. I don't recall exactly how the screws work, but I think there's a compression fitting the screws set in, which can fall off. You might check with BWY on how to remove and replace.

Re: How to fix a leak in a stock bow light?

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:04 pm
by Alexis
paul I wrote:Is it one of these offered by BWY

http://shop.bwyachts.com/category-s/167.htm

Yes, it has to be this one. The one on my boat still looks good, though of course the plastic has been UV cooked a bit over the years... This picture made me guess that the flat bottom surface must the culprit: this design is lacking a seal.

Re: How to fix a leak in a stock bow light?

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:06 pm
by Alexis
rsvpasap wrote:If the light is fully functional and its appearance is acceptable, remove and rebed it using 5200 sealant.
Yes, I think this will be the plan for this year!

Re: How to fix a leak in a stock bow light?

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:11 pm
by Alexis
Chinook wrote:They're kinda tricky to remove. I don't recall exactly how the screws work, but I think there's a compression fitting the screws set in, which can fall off. You might check with BWY on how to remove and replace.
Thanks Chinook, I will check that too!