I have sailed my Holiday 23 and other in various condition around the Cape Coast, not once have I experienced or heard from other owners of water coming in around the screw ring or the hole of the pin that holds the keel.
All I can think is that there might be some growth around the keel and keel box, or something that got stuck there that prevents the water from draining. I have seen speeds of up to 9 – 10 knots on a Holiday 23 and no water came into the boat.
I previously owned Belles ‘n Boys on the Vaal Dam.
As the keel and wedge does not create a water tight fit, in the right conditions water can and will be driven into the keel box. It then can splash into cabin through the wedge screw fitting and the upper keel bolt holes, that is why the boats were originally delivered with two black rubber bungs to block these holes.
I had it once when I did a demo and we overloaded the boat with people and water entered through the first keel bolt hole.
In extreme weather conditions ( and a heavy boat ) this is also possible and the best and simplest solution is to cut a sponge gasket which is placed either side of the keel bolt between the box and the washer.
I think you got it wrong, Frank. I have had water coming in through the bolt hole, (especially after Mother has packed the boat, and we have all the kids on board). But John’s problem seems to be water through the area around the screw ring for the wedge (which is quite a bit higher). Even Mother has not managed to pack us that heavily……….
Do you think John’s wife packs more than mine??
PS Coenie, we have more salt water ingress than fresh water, mainly because Mother is more energetic in her packing for holidays at the sea than for inland holidays.