The Short: How do I seal a carvel planked seam?
Sometime in the next few weeks I'm going to pull Altair out and have her bottom re-done and get her surveyed. This past winter she didn't get much sail time as I've been feverishly trying to rid the world of sandpaper and varnish. This meant that she spent a lot of time in her slip and her above-the-waters, stayed above the waters. And dried out a little.
It seems that a seam has opened up between two planks.
It runs about a foot and a half on the starboard forequarter, from about two inches above the waterline. From the chainplate forward. Inside, you can see from a sliver of daylight at one end of the opened seam to about a paper-match thickness at the other end. Needless to say, a port tack is kinda' interesting. [img]tongue.gif[/img]
I piled a few garbage cans on the deck filled with water to get the seam nice and wet, but it didn't swell up all that much over the next week or so.
What are your suggestions for sealing a seam like that? I don't think its large enough for cotton. And I don't want to put anything in there that may get squished and start popping planks (not likely, but I dig hangin' out on the paranoid side of things).
[ 03-04-2005, 03:31 PM: Message edited by: Trog ]