My old Humber was like that, never was happy with the idea either but when I first got it the breather was leaking so after the first run out with a completely full tank the battery was covered with petrol which didn't make for a comfortable ride home! Needless to say it was fixed and well vented before I used it again, but it never did strike me as a great idea. I found out afterwards (on here I think) that the battery in the Destroyer console was supposed to be in the front of the console and not where it was, though I never got around to moving it.
A Boat is a hole in the water, surrounded by fibreglass, into which you throw money...
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