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nesscapade

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Thanks Windhorse. We'll check those. I also spoke to Mike Relyea who said that he's seen many 54s with this issue and that it was from the staysail chainplate which is welded and so doesn't have a way to easily inspect it. He's had to replace the bulkhead and veneer on at least one Hylas 54. So, I'll have the yard check that too. 

svwindhorse

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Iím not sure if this will help but, you may want to try checking for leaks from the many penetrations on your forward deck from the 5 cleats, the staysil fitting, washdown hose fitting and one of the 26  fasteners that secure the large stainless steel plate beneath your windlass, etc.   If you have an older Hylas itís  probable you have at least a spot or two of some damp core which may or may not be serious.  You canít locate damp core visually but can with a decent moisture meter which will also indicate the extent of saturation.  Moisture meters used to be expensive now theyíre widely available and cheap, so its cheap maintenance. To check for moisture under the steel plate and your windlass you will have to do it from the inside of the anchor locker since the meter cannot read through steel.   You may have a leak coming from one of these many penetrations which in turn can saturate the wood deck core which if sufficient can be leading to moisture entering your interior.  Its also possible if the core is saturated enough, this could create cool spots underneath the deck and result in condensation which could be the source of your problem, particularly if you have air conditioning.  Once you determine the source of the moisture penetration you can then determine the scope of repair.
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nesscapade

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Darkening wood upper starboard side of forward bulkhead in forward cabin
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2019, 04:32:53 PM »
We've noticed the past 2 years that the wood has been darkening forward bulkhead in the forward cabin near the deck on the starboard side (see picture). It looks like water damage. The yard here in Michigan (Irish Boat Shop in Charlevoix) and we can't quite figure out what might be causing it. We suspect this may be from before they did the work in the compartment forward of the berth, last winter. Everything looks well sealed in that compartment, now. However, this area doesnít have any ventilation and therefore is keeping a lot of moisture contained, between the anchor rode in the forward locker and wet lines in the aft locker. What they propose is installing a couple of vents between the anchor locker and storage locker and then putting a solar vent in the middle of the aft hatch.

Does anyone else have experience with this condition?

Thanks, Yan and Judy

 

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