I was working on tightening my keel bolts tonight, and I had lifted the floor panel in the forward birth in order to access the forward-most bolt. Under the floor, there is a small panel that is used to access the single, forward keel bolt.
Now to the issue! Also under this small panel is what appears to be a bilge area that travels away from the mast towards the starboard side of the boat. It goes under the floor and seems to go quite far... possibly even under the angled cabinet leading into the birth (across from the head). My concern is that this area is FULL of water, and doesn't seem to drain anywhere. There is no passageway to the main bilge area that I can see. Obviously, my other concern is WHERE did this water come from? We are actually on the hard right now, but it did rain pretty heavily today. Thinking maybe it is from the mast? This bilge area IS in the forward right corner of the mast.
Does anyone know where this area is supposed to drain to, and what would be placing water into it?