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Re: Dumb question Please don't make fun
I don't know the setup on a Merit 25 for self-bailing, but above posters sound "right" to me.
Crawl under the cockpit (if possible, ha ha or use a mirror on a stick) and there will be hoses connecting your cockpit drains ("scuppers") to those two holes. If there aren't, and your scuppers are open in the cockpit floor as they should be, the rainwater will drain into the bilge and you'd REALLY be aware of that.
Compliments on selecting the Merit 25, though. By reputation, they are really sweet sailing and responsive boats, that'll give you good performance (they do well in club races) and give you the kind of sensitive "feedback" that will make learning to sail her that much easier, and fun to go faster than the average 25 once you do learn. Heck, you may even end up racing her if there's a fleet nearby.