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Water in Cal 21?

Hi all,
I'm new to having a Cal (and somewhat new to sailing in general) and have a dilemma. My husband and I took our Cal 21 out for the second time tonight (the first time ended short when we almost lost the mast after I tried to adjust the main stay... oops). When we trailered her, we noticed she was very back-heavy - her bow wasn't even sitting on the trailer. We looked all over the boat for a drain plug to empty out any water in the hull, but couldn't find one. This happened on our last boat, an O'day Daysailer, when its centerboard was leaking, but we eventually were able to drain the boat by pulling a plug. We cannot find any way to drain the Cal 21. Are we missing something? Is this normal, or is there something wrong with the drop keel/hull?
Thanks in advance for any response!
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Re: Water in Cal 21?

meeeowlet,

You aren't missing anything because there is no drain plug in a Cal 21. If you go to CAL 21 Refit in South Carolina you can see the inside of my hull as I have even removed the deck/cabin from the hull. When we had one of our afternoon thunderstorms about a week ago, it left over 20 gallons of water in my hull. There were no leaks so I concluded there are no leaks in the hull and had to bail out the water.

Source of the leak:
Maybe the seam where the swing keel housing meets the deck?
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