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I have a 2013 signature 270 and am consistently facing water coming in somewhere at the front window.  It comes in the window and runs down the port side and under the lounge chair. I had the lounge chair off all last summer trying to find where the water is coming in and having a challenge trying to fix it. Does anyone else have this problem and how did you fix it?

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I'll assume the answer is yes but have you had someone put a hose on it from the outside while you watch the inside? It's not that big of a port, it should be obvious unless the seal has failed and it's running under the wall lining. 

 

Does it leak while under way or when raining? 

 

Try removing and resetting the the port. 

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Yes, I have had someone run water with a hose and having a hard time finding where it is coming in.  I have run new seals along the port window, I have tried caulking the inside and outside if the fixed port window and no luck.  I have also tried putting weather seal on the actual fibreglass at the port window..

when it rains the lounge seat is flooded and interior carpets get all wet.  When the water runs down the channel it looks like the water escape is not positioned correctly and the water just runs down rapt the top of the lounge seat.  When I took it out of the water and trailered it to storage it was raining and the hatch was wet.

I am new to boating last summer and it was very frustrating and hoping I can find a solution before the boat goes in the water in April. 

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The majority of windshield leaks are from water getting between the glass and rubber seal or under the rubber seal into the channel and out the T or J bolts

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Thanks!  If that is the problem what needs to be done to try to fix it?  Do you know how I could confirm that is where it is coming from?

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17 hours ago, JMF said:

Yes, I have had someone run water with a hose and having a hard time finding where it is coming in.  I have run new seals along the port window, I have tried caulking the inside and outside if the fixed port window and no luck.  I have also tried putting weather seal on the actual fibreglass at the port window..

when it rains the lounge seat is flooded and interior carpets get all wet.  When the water runs down the channel it looks like the water escape is not positioned correctly and the water just runs down rapt the top of the lounge seat.  When I took it out of the water and trailered it to storage it was raining and the hatch was wet.

So you have two areas that are showing water, right?  The lounge chair which is basically the portside passenger seat and the hatch at the stern?

You shouldn't need or use any caulking anywhere.  For one, it looks like @#$%@# and two, it's not supposed to be used since the bottom style of the window frame sits on a rubber strip all the way around.  That strip of rubber acts as a gasket, so to speak, for that bottom window frame as it's screwed into the fiberglass.

Check that rubber strip all the way around, especially outside and see if it's cracked or ripped our gouged out.  But don't caulk anything. 

Your title says "walk through window", does that mean you can actually see it leaking at the bottom of the hinged window frame itself?

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The water is at the hinged window and to the port side of that window.  It runs along the bottom of the window along the inside (cockpit) to the top of the lounge seat on the port side. Instead of continuing to run along the window and drain outside the boat at the drain hole by the window closer to the radar arch, it runs down the side and under the lounge chair and as it fills up it then runs down onto the carpet and out the door at the stern. I have replaced the gaskets at the sides of the hinged window, I will try to purchase the gasket at the bottom of the hinged window and replace it to see if that helps but I don’t think that will solve the problem. 

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On 1/9/2019 at 8:09 PM, JMF said:

Thanks!  If that is the problem what needs to be done to try to fix it?  Do you know how I could confirm that is where it is coming from?

Clean and dry everything, then take some (good automotive grade) 3/4 or 1& 1/2 inch masking tape and run it along where the frame meets the boat, then run it where the frame meets the rubber seal and where the rubber seal meets the glass, do not over lap any of the taped areas. Once you are sure that all areas are sealed, start running your water ( do not use a nozzle) let it run slowly. Starting at the lowest point, run it along that seam, once you are sure that no water is coming in, go to the next highest level, and so on. Now if you have not seen any water, the next step is to pull the tape off on the lowest level and run the water on that seam. No water, go to the next highest seam, remove the tape, and so on. By doing it this way, you will pin point exactly, where it is coming in at. 

2 things, always start at the lowest point of every seam, and only use a very small stream of water, and (go slow). That way the person inside of the boat will be able to pin point exactly where the leak is. 

This is how we found leaks when I was in the automotive trade.  Denny

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