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every time it rains, water comes from somewhere to the starboard side of v berth and comes up from the bottom area and the cushion gets wet...can't find the leak..side panels up tight ..cushion lays flat ...but water appears in the little trough that run down the side of the boat
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Comes up from the bottom ? Look in the anchor locker see if its running in from a leak there . Only thing that comes to mind .
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only the bow sticks out not even to the window..anchor well dry..wet every time it rains on the bow
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Possibly getting entry through a loose or unsealed rub rail fastener and running down inside of the hullside until it reaches the framing / paneling for the berth?

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thanks by captainmaniac...that was it..coming in off the rub rail..gap big under the rail..had to look close down the rail a ways. thanks!
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YAY !!! I (might have) got one right! But all joking aside, where water comes in and where you see it can be very different places! Water has a nasty habit of following the least resistant path downwards, but also taking advantage of any 'wicking' action upwards before it goes down!

I have noticed those fasteners (if you look on the inside of the hull where they come through the wood strip inside the deck / hull joint - more easily observed in the lockers in the salon or under the aft deck) often don't look very good. Often with blind nuts behind them, they look corroded, even in fresh water environments. I have sealed the top side of the rub rail-to hull-joint, to keep rain water, spray, and water from washing the deck away from where those fasteners penetrate the hull. I left the bottom edge unsealed, so that if any water gets in from above or sprays up from below it can get back out easily and has no chance of getting trapped.

In my mind, sealing the bottom of the rub rail is only warranted if you operate in conditions where you regularly stuff the bow or bow and/or hull sides get buried in water or spray. Otherwise it only serves to keep the water under the rub rail, and helps it wick in through the fasteners.

Hope you have really found your 'cause of pain', and are able to deal with it in a simple way.

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i have ....thanks again!
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If you are inspecting your rub rail, it might be worth it to remove a section to see how the wood is holding up. On our 1975 F-36, the teak looked fine from the outside, but the inside was rotten away. As a quick fix, I replaced a small section near the sling points to protect the hull. At the next haul out, I will be installing synthetic rub rail and reusing the stainless.
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