The leak announced itself, oh, about two months ago. I noticed a small puddle of water on the Formica countertop in Betty Jane’s galley, below the forward window, between the sink faucets and the teak-veneered wall. Denial struck like lightning. Of course, it couldn’t be a leak! Undoubtedly, I’d spilled water or my wife had. But then the rains came and so did another puddle. Cripes! Water leaking around the window! I envisioned a raft of horrific solutions, the worst of the lot entailing the removal of scads of window trim along with the relevant screws and bungs, followed up by the laborious color matching of new bungs and other areas of affected varnish. And hey, I ruefully wondered, what if the water was coming from an invisible hairline crack well above the window and trim, say, on the bridge or some other miserable spot? The trim removal (and all its attendant suffering) would be for naught! “Try Capt. Tolley’s Creeping Crack Cure,” suggested a friend. “The stuff’s thinner than water—it may just find your leak and fix it without having to tear things apart.” No great fan of potions, ointments, and other marinized magic solutions, I nevertheless gave Capt. Tolley’s a go, desperation being the mother of open-mindedness in this particular case. I first applied it in the vicinity of the leak itself and, after checking with water from a hose, got a thumbs-down result. But then finally, with my scientific proclivities piqued, I ran a bead of the milky-white, water-based, acrylic co-polymer along the top edge of an exterior trim strip that augments the flying bridge cowling well above the galley. Guess what, gang? The stuff began disappearing as if at the behest of a vacuum cleaner. “Ah ha,” says I, with one eyebrow raised, “Capt. Tolley’s might just work!” And so it did. I haven’t seen a puddle since.
This article originally appeared in the November 2013 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.