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You might try to apply the underwater epoxy on the wood plug
Only problem is, the plug is where the engine mount has to go, and so the current plug has to be removed. I'm donning my wet suit in the next couple of days to see what it looks like on the outside.

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Here's what ya do, first get your drill and a hammer, then find the hole you drilled, place your thumb over the hole, then smack it as hard as you can with the hammer, with your good hand throw the drill overboard as far as you can.
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...just a thought - GO BUY YOURSELF A SENSE OF HUMOUR !!! Or perhaps consider something less exacting - knitting perhaps - 'cause I somehow feel that an individual with a propensity for drilling holes in the bottom of his boat and who is unable to laugh at themselves is likely to have a short, yet singularly undistinguished sailing career.

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...just a thought - GO BUY YOURSELF A SENSE OF HUMOUR !!! ....
Oh dear, what have I started. I've been laughing at myself all day, and now you're taking me seriously. Perhaps you should buy yourself that sense of humour. Or knitting needles.

Thanks for your advice. I'll be waiting for more beans of wisdom, that's for sure.
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...just a thought - GO BUY YOURSELF A SENSE OF HUMOUR !!! ....
Oh dear, what have I started. I've been laughing at myself all day, and now you're taking me seriously. Perhaps you should buy yourself that sense of humour. Or knitting needles.

Thanks for your advice. I'll be waiting for more beans of wisdom from both of you, that's for sure.
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Don't throw the drill away just yet... I'd move over to the opposite mount and drill another hole to let the water out.
On a more serious note using a piece of all-thread, fender washers and rubber washers you could fabricate a better fix till you get her hauled.

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I have a stick of JB Weld, and I think it says it can cure underwater. You can patch it for now, but I highly recommend a proper fix when the boat is hauled. Also make sure your bilge pumps are working properly.

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I would be worried about rotting out your engine stringer if you just plug the top of the hole. Getting something on the outside of the hull would be important to me....... if you are going to try waiting out the season, you might find a whole lot more work completely rebuilding your engine bed.
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I would be worried ...if you just plug the top of the hole. Getting something on the outside of the hull would be important to me.......
Thanks - but I'm ONLY interested in working on this from the outside of the hull. On the inside, I have a plug where the engine mount is going to be reinstalled.

I'm going to dive down tomorrow or Wednesday and attempt to insert a bolt with washers (if the curvature of the hull at this location permits), and bond it with some type of underwater-curing epoxy.

Unless better alternatives are presented here.... Thanks for your suggestions, everyone.
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You might want to think about how hard that epoxied bolt will be to remove later and just use the butyl tape.

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~ 5/16" with a washer gasketed with butyl tape. Push it in from outside and put a nut on it. If you use the nut to push the plug inside, you'll hardly leak a drop. This would probably be safe for a season. I have seen plugs like this serve in 500,000 chemical storage tanks for years... which is a little frightening (the gasket material varies with the chemical).

I like this idea a lot. I think this, combined with some underwater-curing marine epoxy, and I'll have a way to get through the season without hauling. And then after the fall haul, I'll go the Don Casey fiberglass repair way.

Of course, I've been wrong before. Like yesterday, when I didn't think about the drill actually going beyond the cradle to the hull, and beyond again....

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I have a stick of JB Weld, and I think it says it can cure underwater. You can patch it for now, but I highly recommend a proper fix when the boat is hauled. Also make sure your bilge pumps are working properly.
I've used this before JB WaterWeld on a old FG dinks bow eye at the waterline

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