re: Went to the boat for a sail..and its Flooded!!!
The same thing happened to me when I got my Santana. We bought it from out of town and had it trucked in, and when the boat was put in the water the packing was leaking very badly. Being my first inboard I had no experience with such things, but I figured "Theres a bit nut, and threads where the leak is, I guess I'll try tightening it!". Fortunately I had my work van with me so I grabbed a pipe wrench and went for it! It was the very first "repair" I ever did on my new boat!
Don't you have a manual bilge pump installed? My manual pump would have removed that much water in under 5 minutes! I would hate to be dependent on a little electric pump at sea!
1979 Santana 30 Tall Rig