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Is he pulling my chain?

So, last night I was aboard a Catalina 27 70's vintage and I noticed what looked like a portal on the cabin sole to the port side of the bilge opening, just aft of midship. The owner told me it is a window and you can see through it during sunny days, into the water. I politely told him I think he's full of it, because why would you intentionally put a big hole in the hull? For a portal? He thought I was funny, or he was having a laugh at my expense. I only met him then, so I can't gauge his sense of humor quite yet. Can any Catalina 27 owners out there please tell me that he was BSing me?
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Did it have a white cap? We had to have one installed with our new engine because they had to redirect some stuff and needed future access. Ours is on the starboard side, aft of the bilge but in line with the engine. We walk over it to get into the salon. I barely notice it anymore.

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It's his boat, and his hull. He is free to cut a hole and put a window anywhere he wants. Good luck insuring, or more to the point - collecting on a claim after it sinks though.
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Let me clarify- he has an outboard engine, and it was there when he bought the boat, recently. I don't know about a white cap. There was a white plastic thing drilled into one corner, which he said was an LED that didn't work.

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LOL, does that make it a "glass bottom boat" for tourist sightseeing??? or checking the anchor set??

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That's exactly what I said! Only not in the tourist context (ahem urbandictionary cough).

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A lot of race boats that race in areas that have lots of kelp install windows so that they can see if there is kelp caught on their keel. When I was racing in San Diego last winter we had someone checking the keel regularly, and communicating with the guys on deck who used various methods to try to clear that kelp. That is likely what the window is for.

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.. another common instance would be over the prop.. so that folders can be aligned so a blade doesn't fall open in light air. Also allowed inspection for fouling.

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That's exactly what I said! Only not in the tourist context (ahem urbandictionary cough).
Oh that is just nasty! I can't believe what turns some people on!

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That's exactly what I said! Only not in the tourist context (ahem urbandictionary cough).
Yarg. Unfortunately, I learn something every day.

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