Very glad it was you and not me... I would also consider putting the knotmeter throughhull in a more accessible location...since that would make removing it for cleaning a lot simpler.
BTW, the wooden plugs really need to be stored in plastic bags tied to each through-hull so they stay dry. The softwood they're made of will swell up when they get wet, and that is what helps hold them in place, but it doesn't work if they're already soggy.... and they should have a small hole drilled in the top end with a line through it, so it can be tied in place so that it will stay in position until it swells.
A two-and-a-half gallon mop bucket is probably better than a five gallon bucket, since it is easier to handle and easier to store.
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