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Re: no limber holes to bilge
Amy, there's no telling what or why a PO did. Some folks want to streamline the boat or spend less on through-hulls, or simply flush the head with fresh water to eliminate the dead seawater critter odor, so they plumb it that way. Once upon a time LI Sound wasn't a no-discharge zone, either. So you manage with it, and when you haul for the winter take a good look, there may be traces where a sink drain used to be, if not, install a new one.
What's an H? Hinckley? Call 'em up, ask them how to remove the floorboards and where to expect limber holes, they should be down there. As Stumble says, don't just cut new ones at random, know where and how to drill new ones, and how to seal the edges of them, if you need to.
And the deck leaks are a priority, worth not sailing one weekend if that's what it takes to find them and seal them before there's damage to the boat. You'll find plenty of threads on finding leaks. The easiest way is often to use a shopvac or leafblower to pressurize the hull. Toss soapy water on the deck, and watch to see where the bubbles blow. Trying to locate the leaks from below is harder, because the water "goes in here" then runs around before it "goes out there" and what you need to fix is the "here" end above deck.