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Help Stop the Leak on My Ericson 35

"I just completed a solo passage across the Atlantic aboard my 1971 Ericson 35 MK II," reports Miles Gerety from Lagos, Portugal. "The first leg was last August from Noank, CT, to the Azores. The second was this June from the Azores to Lagos, Portugal.

Ericsons have been cruised both inshore and offshore for decades. But Miles’ boat has a mysterious leak.

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"Throughout my crossing I had a persistent leak near the aft section of the keel. The leak stopped in calm weather. While in the Azores, I found that the aft part of the keel, which is hollow, was full of water. So I drilled some holes, drained it, and injected epoxy. My repair may have slowed the leak, but hasn’t stopped it. Have any Latitude readers had this same problem with their Ericson 35? Does anybody have any suggestions?" Write to Miles here.


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Nothin’ to it. Eighty-six-year-old Karl Burton is now less than 150 miles from his home port, after a very fast lap around the globe.