Originally Posted by SimonStDavids
Thanks Whisper, I have been drooling over your build thread and hope my finished project gets to look half as good as yours did. I spoke to Olly earlier and he suggested i posted up here and see what the general consensus is.
I don't really want to block up the hull as as the boat will be on a mooring and I am sure water will find some way in then i'll be carting around gallons of extra sea
But if that is going to be best option then i can re-think that part.
If you're on a swing mooring, 100% close the hole!!!!
Voice of experience. SRs transoms are notoriously low. Sealing it will give you a good inch or so extra freeboard.
When the wind is against the tide your boat will at some point swing stern to waves. This will mean water piles in. You need an auto bilge!!!
Even with one, if the battery is at the rear on deck, rather than in the console, it can get wrecked by a big wave, it shorts and you then have one messy boat and water to the toobs on your return.
put your battery in the console, not on deck in a box. Again, sorry voice of experience and three batteries later.
To ensure its sealed, glass it up and fit a bung in it. As you infer, the removable kits leak eventually.