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Old 05-19-2017, 12:53 PM   #1
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Looking into buying a clipper craft. I went on a test run with the seller and really liked the boat. The only thing holding me back is it seemed to leak. We ran the pump and emptied the bilge and it seemed 20 and another 2 inches of water. Any thoughts. Thanks

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Old 05-19-2017, 04:17 PM   #2
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It's a wood boat! How long has it been out of the water? If it is dry when you put it in the water it will leak. Those leaks should slow down as the wood swells.
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Old 05-19-2017, 04:21 PM   #3
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What kind of motors are on it.

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Old 05-19-2017, 08:33 PM   #4
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I've got a. 17' Clipper Craft. it's wooden it does not leak water,
but then again its got a brand new bottom and it's been fiberglassed up to the first lapstrake.

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Old 05-20-2017, 07:18 AM   #5
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Put water in it while it is on the trailer to see where it comes from.
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Old 05-20-2017, 10:54 AM   #6
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Put water in it while it is on the trailer to see where it comes from.
Arrrrrrrg!

It is leaking at the chines. Clipper Craft have defects of construction that become apparent as they age. (Hey, just like me.) The chines of this boat were set together at a right angle and screwed together with a strip of fir inside and outside. The builders used stainless (sic) screws and no calking or bedding compound at these joints.

In aging there are always problems at the joints!

I have successfully repaired the problem at the false keel by bedding in a long scarfed piece of white oak over 3m 5200 calk. I am off to buy some white oak, rip it, shape it, scarf it and lay it in with calk bedding and hold it on with Si Bronze screws.

I could have made a repair with glass. It is a viable alternative. It has its own shortcomings as you glass over wood guys are aware of.

She goes back in the water next week.
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Old 05-21-2017, 05:01 PM   #7
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I've got a. 17' Clipper Craft. it's wooden it does not leak water,
but then again its got a brand new bottom and it's been fiberglassed up to the first lapstrake.

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I remember that boat well, the before version anyway!
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