The only reason I worry about the mast leak is water in the bilge in the winter. It’s probably from being a submariner for close to 20 years, that in my mind water in the bilge is a big “No No”. I don’t want it turning to ice and causing problems. I have a bottle that catches most of the water that drips to the mast step, but when we have a couple of deluge days like we had yesterday in CT the bottle over flows into the bilge. I poured a little anti-freeze in the bilge at the beginning of the season to keep any over flow from freezing, and that worked pretty well. Since it was warm out today I vacuumed everything out and it’s dry but who knows in the next 2-3 months how many more 3-4 inches of rain days we’re going to have. Any other suggestions on rain water in the bilge and how to deal with it in the winter would be great. Also, I think I’m going to leave the keel bolts just like they are and inspect on a regular basis. They seem to be fine and the previous owners left them that way and they seemed to know what they were doing. So I’ll just keep an eye on it. Thanks again.
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