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You really need to re-bed and seal the ports and hatches. If they're leaking, there's a good chance that the water is not only getting into the boat, but into the deck core (if the deck is cored construction). This isn't good, especially if the water is able to freeze in those locations, since water expands about 10% as it freezes—which would seem to be the case since you're talking about removing slush from the bilges.
Condensation may be a bit of the problem, but the majority of it is probably from the leaks. Does the tarp sag when it rains, and allow the rain to pool in any location.. that might be allowing the water to sit long enough to drain into the boat.
Is the rain getting into the cockpit at all? If so, have you checked the cockpit drain hoses. If the cockpit drains aren't directly overboard, they'll need hoses to connect the drains to the through-hulls. If these hoses are disconnected or leaking, that could explain a lot of water getting into the bilge.
You don't say how the mast deck partner is sealed or whether it has a boot. Also, does the mast have internal or external halyards. Internal halyards usually mean that the mast has more openings in it for rain to get into.
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