I'm looking at buying
a nice older fiberglass
boat, the kind that has the ballast encapsulated inside the keel
. I will be getting a survey
before I buy.
In the meantime, I noticed there was water
in the bilges and the boat has been out of the water
more than a year. I imagine this is not uncommon. I wonder about what kind of damage could have resulted from this water freezing in the winter.
From the outside the keel
has a fair shape and without pumping the bilge
dry it is not obvious this is an issue. Is this an area of concern?