02-11-2011, 08:27 PM
My Wolverine/Wagemaker is now ready to turn the corner on the restoration and head toward the finish line. But, before I do, there is a small leak in the boat that will seep for about an hour, when the boat is first put in the water. I know, for an hour of seepage, why mess with it. Well, since I am this far, why not, since the boat is now all void of varnish and paint. The hull itself is mahogany molded plywood, with a white oak keel, approx. 1 1/2"x 1 1/2" running the length of the exterior of the hull. Inside the hull is a white oak stringer that this is screwed into. I would like to loosen and lift up this outside keel and place some sort of seal in this joint and then re-secure it. The question is, with what type of sealer? I don't think I really want to hard glue this, but I am not sure if silicone sealer is proper either. Or is silicone the stuff to use, or is there a better material? This bottom will be painted with INTERLUX 4359 BRIGHTSIDE WHITE. This boat will only be used dry and may spend as much as a weekend in the water at a time. Any help?