I have a problem, my Helms 25 has been on the hard for 2 years, (that's not the problem, just a symptom). In all the time I have been painting/ sanding, re-rigging. It has always had water in the keel. It's been there since I got the boat, and probably forever. It's in there with a bunch of what looks like lead coins (ballast) I have discussed it with a variety of people. Some claim it's water ballast, others say I need to drill a hole in the bottom to let it drain out, the seal the holes on the bilge with rubber plug, or corks. The water being down there just bugs me. Last night I got out the drill and almost did the deed. Then I stopped myself and said, "no give Sailnet Forum a chance to chime in", So........ What do you think folks??????