Speedster 150 Leak
Posted 10 May 2012 - 09:07 AM
Well I was initially having engine problems with the new Speedster and I was checking out the engine bay and noticed there was water present. I immediately thought I had some kind of hose leak, so I backed it down in the water, still on the trailer and started it up, looking for any obvious water intrusion. Upon further inspection, I found it was leaking in the same exact spot as my Sportster, which is the aft section of the boat, more on the port/middle area. It is difficult to see under there but there is a small steady stream of water coming in when sitting with the rub rail below the water line. FYI, this boat has not been hit or damaged in any way. I have done nothing to try and resolve this, but wondered if anyone else has had this issue. I have considered some of that Flex Seal, sprayable rubber sealant, as the 5200 did not do the trick.
The engine trouble was just the spark plugs, so that part was resolved.
Posted 12 May 2012 - 07:34 AM
Posted 12 May 2012 - 05:15 PM
Posted 13 May 2012 - 09:59 AM
If you are concerned, you can remove the rub rail, and gently pry the two pieces apart and place a marine grade silicone in between the rivets.
Posted 14 May 2012 - 10:46 AM
Posted 16 May 2012 - 11:11 PM
The manufacturing process for the speedsters is to use rivets to connect the upper half to the hull.
You are correct with the rivets. However, they do not rely on the rivets alone. There is an adhesive between the deck and the hull, which should seal out any water, unless there is a section that does not have adhesive or the adhesive bond has been broken for some reason. You should be able to look inside the engine compartment behind the battery and see the adhesive oozing out a little. Water also comes in whenever I slow down quickly and the water comes over the swim platform. Because I had the same issue with the Sportster I owned for two years, I am not overly concerned, but would like to seal it if at all possible. I will just go buy some Flex Seal and let everyone know how well it works. Thanks for the input.
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