. What kind of boat did you just buy?
We have never grounded the boat, but it could have been the previous owner. However, we bought it in NC and the previous owner had sailed it in the Caribbean
but the surveyor didn't find anything and neither did we, but we didn't look underneath the bottom of the keel. We brought it up the ICW
ourselves so we know we didn't hit anything along the way. We sail in the Chesapeake Bay
and 99.9% of the bottom is nothing more than mud, so even if it hit bottom here it is unlikely to hurt it.
In another thread, I received the following web link which is an excellent link for installing a permanent plug that can be used to drain the keel:
Water in Hull or Keel - Garboard Plug
Meantime, I have heard back from the boat builder, Caliber, and they said there is evidence from a couple of boats that if the sump pump has been replaced and is not sealed correctly, it could be the source of water into the keel. [I am having some difficulty wrapping my head
around how a leaky sump pump could send water dripping into the keel past the double sealed ballast.] They also said the keel was double sealed the same way then as it is now and that it should be fine. They agreed that the best process is to create a hole in a void area to drain the water and put in heat lamps to dry it.
Last fall we had a rigger add a new staysail on a new roller furler
. I have put a call into him to inquire about the process and try to unearth any potential new holes in the top of the boat near the anchor locker
. Thate could be a potential structural change that could have resulted in a hole in which water in the anchor locker
could trickle down into the keel.
For now we are on a hunt to find out how the water got into the keel to begin with so it doesn't happen again. If we don't find the "reason" we will likely add garboard plugs for now and keep looking.