While going north on the last day of our trip up the Richelieu, we got waked pretty bad by some passing express cruisers, and water started pouring out of the ceiling onto the helm. We'd had a similar problem last year that we traced down to needing to re-seal a spot on the roof of the boat where Endeavour had cleverly attached two dissimilar parts and tried to make it all good with a bunch of screws and sealant. This time it was coming from a more central location, and pouring everywhere. So I knew I had to do what I'd been avoiding for a while -- dissemble the entire roof area over the helm at the front of the Skylounge.

I found a worse situation than I expected -- the majority of the wood on the two sides was super rotten, and I just peeled it off with a screwdriver, coming off in flakes, often times just pulling the wood down around the screws it was "secured" with and removing the bare screws later. It took quite a while to get it all out and clean up the ensuing massive mess of wood bits.

After it dried out for several days, while in Quebec, we had some sunny days to go on the roof with a hose and try spraying down different spots until we could reproduce the leak inside the boat, and then work on narrowing it down. We eventually narrowed it down to basically the same problem we'd had on the starboard side, on the port side, at that same duckbill<->hardtop interface. I cleaned up the area super well, removing all trace of sealant deep into the interface, and then re-sealed it with copious amounts of 3M 4000 and let it dry. The next day, after it had cured, we re-watered the roof, and were happy to find no hint of water ingress!

For actually rebuilding the interior, though, I had a more fun problem -- most of my source wood was rotten, but also the factory design of the roof area was fairly awful. They used large flat parts of wood on top of the fiberglass, which also tucked under panels on the side of the boat, which required dismantling a huge portion of the skylounge to get apart. I ended up deciding to throw away most of the original design and just go with a simple "cradle" for the wires -- a channel down the center of two rows of wood blocks that would be mounts for the simplified trim panels. I managed to scavenge enough good wood from my spare supplies and what was left of the ceiling to put together the new setup and finish it up the day before leaving Quebec City!