I actually used to own a Blue Jay. (very old wood one) I wouldn't trying this. Even the ones that were built to self bail aren't all that good. (post #5200 ??) I would be EXTREMELY hard to do. Especially with a wood boat. The floatation would have to extend all the way forward. Not to mention that you would need side tanks also which would need to extend fairly far forward to make it truly 'self rescuing'. Otherwise, when the boat fills up, all the water will go forward. And unless you bond everything perfectly, water will always find it's way to the bilge. (below flotation). Have a look at one of the ones that were built to be self rescuing just to see what you're getting into.
That being said, the Blue Jay is nice boat and pretty safe. It's just that the design doesn't lend itself to the self rescuing feature in my opinion.
Best of Luck.
In useing "One Design & Offshore Yachtsman - Encyclopedia of Sailing" I found my "Blue Jay" Specs: 13'6" x 5'2" x 3'6"-6".
SA: 90; spinnaker: 55. Hiking assists: straps. Hull: wood or fiberglass. Spars: wood, aluminum. Buoyancy: positive flotation.
Kits, plans available. Crew: 2. Area: 1-12. Number: US 5,100; world 5,500. Rules: one-design. Price: $1300. - $1800.
Designer: Sparkman & Stephens.
Due to some centerboard problems and rot in the bow I'm rebuilding with some small modifications. What I would like to know is if it's feasable to convert this boat into a self bailer. If so what all would I need to do? I was thinking I'd need to place floatation foam in the floor and glass in a solid floorboard. Then cut drain ports in the transom.
Any thoughts, and feedback is most welcome.