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Re: Spongey Deck-Converted to Anchor Locker
Good job... we did a similar project on a former boat, we carved the core out around both the edge of the hole and the edges of the 'new' cutout, filled and faired that to seal the edges and then applied support lips underneath around the edge of the hole. Same idea with a sloped floor locker and drain hole at lowest part of that. We had no issues with 'venting' as the lid is an imperfect seal anyway and you may as well leave it that way.
I think it's important to have a large enough drain port to get rid of the water as quickly as possible. It is nice to be able to simply hose the entire rode sitting on the locker after a trip.
The drain hole we added was about 3 inches back from the stem on one side. On our current boat the locker lid is offset as you describe, the drain is straight through the stem itself. We've had no issues with that either.
You'll find this a great improvement.
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