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Rob and Janet Sutton

An update,

I drilled a hole at the bottom of the keel and very large quantities of water came out.

The good news is that the water was fresh and clean. No real evidence of rust. My guess is, as the previous owner stored this outside, and
allowed rain water in through the deck joints, that it simply filled up over time and never emptied. Never being exposed to air, the steel never got a chance to rust.

The current idea is to

1 - flush the ballast with alcohol or acetone to get out as much water as possible.
2 - cut out the plywood/fiberglass skin atop the ballast
3 - Vacuum infuse as much slow cure resin as possible from the top
4 - Glass over the top with new skin (not using plywood this time).

Do you have any suggestions?

(BTW, we figured scooping out the punchings and replacing with lead would be WAY to impractical).

PS, where in the bilge would you guess water most likely leaked into the ballast?

Thanks
-rob

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