In the springs,
You must be close by me, I assume by your moniker that you are in the springs, E hampton? I am over in greenport, sail out of Sterling Harbor. I am often over your way, will be in SHelter Island today. I would be glad to come by and get together with you and give you some help with fixing that hole. Until you get it fixed (and I would not wait long to do that) it would be good to temporarily plug it with a tapered soft wood plug, or at least fill it with some silicon(somthing easy to remove)or even duck tape, but getit covered up, a hole that close to the waterline is Trouble with a capital T..I hate to think what would have happened had you not checked your bilge that day you noticed it took longer than usual to empty the bilge. Wouldn'ttake much to put that hole under water permanantly.