OK, so lots of new info and pictures. The steel
plate actually did extend below the water line (it was described in text as "anchor plate...thus my misunderstanding)
the area of the water seems to be the hull
below the bilge
floor. (Over 4 gallons flowed before he left the yard, don't know how long it continued)
Also don't know if water was fresh or salt
(he wasn't willing to taste)
is dry when pulling floor plates.
There is evidence of a previous grounding and repairs
, but there doesn't seem to be any open areas (and they would have started leaking when it was stripped) so I can only assume that all the water came in through that little screw hole....any other ideas?
There is obvious cracking under the anchor
plate, but it is visible from the underside and the plate covers the top, so it seems it would have had to been a very long storm with very high waves.
Any suggestions on finding construction specs so we know how low to drill to let the water out?