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I recently bought a well-used Galilee 15. After I opened up the deck plates I found thousands of those plastic water absorbent "peanuts" used for packaging. (Actually, they weren''t styrofoam but some denser plastic material.) Does anyone have an idea of their purpose? Are they ballast? Can they possibly have been put there during manufacture? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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I think if you open the anchor locker and cockpit lazarette you might find Lucy and Linus. Who knows maybe Charlie Brown is lurking in the bilge!
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Do said peanuts float? If so, I would guess they were added to boost the floating of the boat.

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I believe that the Galilees were sold as self rescuing and unsinkable. I always assumed that they had sealed compartments but foam peanuts would have been a cheap way and easy to add floatation, albeit not a very good one.

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You could replace said peanuts with spray in floatation.

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Thanks for the input.

The peanuts absorbed water. I don''t think they added anything to the bouyancy of the boat. I took them all out. I also had to siphon out at least 20 gallons of water from inside the hull.

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Hi, A better use of peanuts is in your ice box or fridge. Fill gallon size zip-lock bags with them. Then fill in all the empty spaces. As your stores are depleted,add more bags. I tripled my time between cycles doing this. A little inconvenient moving the bags around to find your stuff,but well worth the effort.
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