I have a 1975 Reinell
22 ft sailboat. I've been chasing a small leak which lead to installing 4-6" inspection ports
in the sole of the cabin
. these were to look for water
and the other to keep a eye on whats going on below the floor in the shoal keel
area. What I found was very little water
but some rather large open cavities. I'm wondering if this would be the time to add some extra ballast or fill with foam, or just leave as is. There is no wood I can see to worry about so any water retension by the foam shouldn't be a problem.The boat doesn't have a bilge pump
and I thought about adding one in this area, but don't know if it will work as the discharge would be about 3 feet above the pump and plumbing
would be a real challange.
My thoughts are if I add foam, I can get into foamed areas in the cockpit
area and remove foam to add a storage hatch
and keep my floatation the same.