My 1981 38 foot Cheer Men sedan has a glassed in 'false floor' under the full length of the forward cabin sole. It appears when the boat was built this was intended to keep any water out of the lowest point of the boat and level it up with the space between the engines via one small limber hole.
I noticed last month that the space is full of water, in fact it was 1/4" above the false floor. So I used a hole saw to cut through the floor and extract the water. Clearly it has been wet there for many years as the plywood under the layer of glass is mush and the water was stagnant. Next spring I'm putting a bilge pump down there and that will deal with the water building up.
Any other forum user with a similar boat with the same strange floor in the bilge compartment? If so have you taken it out? I'm not keen on tearing up the cabin sole in the companion way and forward stateroom to cut it out completely but the two small access hatches are useless for that task.
Maybe on a related note [or not] now the boat is hauled I pulled the drain plug from the aft end of the keel [lowest point] and a small amount of water came out, had glycol in it too from winterizing the Lehman's, I seem to have sand in there or bits of fine concrete. Is that what they ballasted these with?
Thanks folks - I've only owned wood boats before and while we love the Cheer Men the Taiwanese construction is a puzzle