Check for voids in the daggerboard trunk. Sometimes air pockets in the
gel coat will show up after the boat has aged. Damage can also be caused
by the board itself if the boat has been run aground with the board own.
Any hole or break in the gel coat should be completely filled. A
suitable repair can also be made with epoxy or polyester adhesive kits
commonly sold in hardware stores.
3. Check drain plug to make sure it is tight. Adjust by turning lever
4. On older boats, check the plastic nameplate installed in the
footwell. Check each rivet by inserting a round toothpick into the hole.
If the toothpick is stopped by the rivet head, the rivet is sealed. If
the toothpick goes in far enough to fill the hole, break it off and
leave it in the hole to make the seal. If the nameplate appears loose or
warped it should be caulked with silicone bathtub sealant and refastened
with pop rivets or tapping screws.
5. It is possible but unlikely that the bond between the deck and
hull is broken. If the boat has been hit severely check this area first.
Also check in the area of the side stay fittings. If the bond is broken
there, you will see a noticeable bulge as the deck pulls away from the
hull when pressure is exerted on the stays (while sailing in heavy air)