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Re: Mystery water in bilge in CAL-29
The keel on the 2-29 has encapsulated ballast but it does not fill the entire cavity of the keel. There is an empty portion of the cavity at the extreme forward end of the keel (that is very hard to reach) that will continue to hold several gallons of water after the bilge has been "emptied", whether you realize it or not. If the yacht is pitching heavily, some of this will spill out forward and not all will drain back into the cavity. The foregoing can be exacerbated by the drain from the ice-box which exits from the bottom of the box, through a tube, into the forward portion of the bilge (unless that drain's been plugged). If you have any water in the box from melting ice, it will discharge into that area. On our (former) boat, we solved that by inserting a cork into the drain and using frozen plastic bottles of water rather than block ice to keep the box cold.
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