The centerboard well flaps on my 1983 Omega 14 had gone to wrack & ruin, they were all torn and the strips holding them in place were cracked and missing pieces. I removed all this mess yesterday. Since I had noticed the boat leaked a fair amount when left floating I decided to try to find where the leaks were. I injected water into the hull through the aft drain hole, plugged it up and then looked for leaks. I found them quickly, water was coming out of the holes for the screws that held the flaps on. I checked the cb trunk to hull joint but could find no leaks there. When I replace the strips I will put 3M 5200 sealant into the hole to hopefully stop the leaks. As to the flaps, the kit from Catalina is $40 or so so I am trying something cheaper. Bought a section of vinyl wall base for $3.14 and cut it into 1 - 5/16" wide strips. It is thicker than the original flaps but is very flexible. We will see how it goes. More later.