On the hard, I went into the boat to take the water out from where it had collected, inside underneath the transom stairs. When I got to the boat, it was leaking water out!
No mistaking it, everything else around the boat was dry. Dry ground, dry deck. And yet there was clearly water dripping down out of the stern.
So I went down into the stern and vacuumed the water out with a shop-vac.
You can see the holes at bottom left. The color must be from long term seeping? (You can also notice the water level now reduced down as far as the vacuum hose could reach.)
The holes actually are part of a series of small holes that look to be part of how the boat was built, only the 2 are clearly letting water in.
Any thoughts on this?
Any suggestions on steps to fix it?
Do you think I have to take the rubber transom protector off the outside to fix this?