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A few points...
First, i would agree that you should probably split the batteries port and starboard, as Valiente suggests, to keep the boat better balanced.
Second, I'd hesitate to block access to a seacock, since, in an emergency, you may need fairly decent access to plug it.
Third, adding a box to the hull only on one side may cause problems... generally, you should try and modify the hull in a somewhat symmetrical fashion, so that the hull doesn't have uneven loads on it.
Fourth, to keep the plywood from touching the hull, cut some foam, either Airex or Divinylcell, in a trapezoidal shape, and use it to hold the plywood in place. The trapezoidal shape will help you create a strong fillet joint and not bend the fiberglass too tightly—which would result in damaging the glass fibers.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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