National Drill a Hole in the Side of a Boat Day

I guess there is not really a day set aside for people to drill a hole in the side of their boat. And that is a good thing. Because, when we do such things, we need to be careful about where we drill them.

The purpose of a scupper drain is to let out any rain and ocean spray that splashes into the boat. Naturally, we want the scupper to be located at the lowest place on the deck when the boat is leveled to its waterline. Our boat is set up level to the waterline, which is determined by a lot of math and a little bit of guess work.

My project today was to layout and begin cutting the scuppers. I got the first one cut and shaped, it will be lined with a custom shaped "pipe" made of fiberglass. (More on that in future updates.)

My ultra high-tech super-duper formula to locate the lowest spot on the deck, is simply to toss a ping-pong ball into the boat. It rolls to the low spot and I lay out the scupper there. (How's that for an expert trick?)