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You need to make her water tight but you don’t want to add any weight. Do what the insurance salvage experts do, go to home depot and get expending foam. Expanding foam kicks when it comes into contact with any water vapor, should be easy as you are almost under water. Seal everything that can leak, even if you think it’s tight. Use bung plugs with duct tape if you have to. Get as many pumps running as possible. This might include a pump to bring water in as you want to wash out the silt to lighten the boat. Keep them running as long as possible, even if the boat seems dry!!! As to the broken chain plate, use a halyard or get some wire and attach it to your masthead and the rail. Make it tight!
Get a big boat to spin you, you are not going to move it yourself. The only other thing that you might want to consider is using a car jack and some cribbing to lift your keel up a little. This would make it easier to pivot once the tide comes in.
“Greatness Is Not In Where We Stand, But In What Direction We Are Moving. We Must Sail Sometimes With The Wind And Sometimes Against It – But Sail We Must, And Not Drift, Nor Lie At Anchor.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes