Hi 440 owners,
I have just discovered something interesting on my Lagoon 440
and would like some opinions.
Initially when I looked into the bilges it seemed to me that the internal shape is the same as the external shape i.e. the keels are empty and openly connected to the hulls. This worried me a bit because if I ever hit bottom with a keel
will fill up immediately.
Today while inspecting the bilge
area just under the aft end of the forward cabin bed
I found a 5 cm hole, just under the bulkhead, where the front of the keel
connects with the hull
. Putting a finger in the hole it seems there is a hollow space between the internal keel wall and - I guess - an external wall.
Do you think the whole keel has a double wall?
If so, in my case the whole hollow space is full of water
(not sure where it came from) so I guess I'd better find a way to pump it out.
Has anyone considered putting an automatic bilge pump
in order to keep the hollow empty of water
I am happy to have a double wall for safety
, but in case the outer wall gets holed the 5cm hole I discovered would still fill the hull pretty quickly, so what is the point? In particular considering that the bulkhead blocks easy access to the hole, so there is no way it could be plugged in an emergency
Should I instead empty it of water and plug
the hole now?
Any other thought is very much appreciated!