Towing in the Rain

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Towing in the Rain

#1 Post by Sea Sprite » Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:31 pm

Strange sounding topic, but an honest question! For those who have towed their Jerry Montgomery designed boats over long distances, at reasonable highway speeds, in the rain, did you find that the cabin tended to get wet from leaks around the companionway slider, etc.? If so, is there a handy way to prevent this short of using a big, flapping blue tarp?

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#2 Post by Jerry » Wed Dec 23, 2015 3:20 pm

Sea Sprite wrote:Strange sounding topic, but an honest question! For those who have towed their Jerry Montgomery designed boats over long distances, at reasonable highway speeds, in the rain, did you find that the cabin tended to get wet from leaks around the companionway slider, etc.? If so, is there a handy way to prevent this short of using a big, flapping blue tarp?
There is an easy fix, Bernard, but you'll need to take the hatch off (one side only) to do it. Carefully, measure the gap between the front of the hatch cover and the rim of the hatch opening with the hatch all the way aft, and you need to have the drop hatch in place when you do it. Easy way is to drop in a lump of kid's modeling clay, and then close the hatch to get the exact thickness. Go to Home Depot and look at the door/window sealing foam rubber and find one the right thickness to fill the gap. I don't remember what this gap is on the M-15 but it's probably somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 inch .With contact cement, glue it in and you're done.
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Jerry Montgomery - Designer of the Sage 17
Founder - Montgomery Marine Products (M-dinks, M15, M17 and M23)
Montgomery Rigging - http://jerrymontgomery.org/

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#3 Post by Sea Sprite » Thu Dec 24, 2015 9:14 am

That sounds like a good solution! Thanks Jerry!

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