; a 1973 Pearson 30
. As I was ready to fiberglass
the very bottom forward section of the keel
( repairing damage from a minor grounding last year) I noticed a drop of water
; about one drop every 20 minutes.
Tapping the keel reveals hollow sounds up about 2 feet in the forward portion. The sounds varied port to starboard.
To the best of my knowledge the boat lacks keel bolts
, and so water in the fiberglass
around the ballast could be very serious. In the worst case I can imagine the ballast shifting inside itís fiberglass casing.
The glass on the bottom of the keel is very thin, so however Pearson
designed the ballast itís surely not the glass there thatís keeping it attached to the rest of the boat. If anyone can point me to original plans for this part of the boat Iíd be very appreciative.
A friend in the yard suggested drilling into the keel at the spots that sound hollow.
Any thoughts very welcome.