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Make sure the hole is dry. Run some acetone through it to remove grease and grim. Add a light sanding to the hole and clean again.
Grind the outer edge of the hole so it is tapered a bit so the plug will not easily end up inside the bilge.
Clean inside the bilge where the hole is and prepare to close it with duct tape.
Prepare your epoxy, cloth and filler slurry and pump it in there and make sure it fills the hole all the way to the bilge - hint - an air hole in the duct tape will allow you to push your slurry in till it starts dribbling out at the top of the hole. Tape off the hole in increments as your slurry fills in the space and let cure.
Test for air leaks and try again with more epoxy.
I like the garboard plug idea too but am not keen on implementing it on my own boat either.
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