If it were me, I would have it welded completely on both sides. My buddy's Crestliner and my Seaark are done that way, but they use an extruded aluminum keel, the two sides of the hull slip into a groove and the entire thing is welded up tight. There are probably many other builders that do the same thing.
If there is a way to lift the floor, I would also check the area of the leak for cracked welds in the rib supports.
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