Inspection Port vs. Inspector Gadget
In spite of my aversion to drilling holes in boats, I know that there are times when it just needs to be done. Boats are frequently constructed in pieces so that once together, there is no longer access to certain areas. This is where a conveniently positioned inspection port can come in handy.
The image below shows the cover plate which seals off the 4.5″ hole that I drilled* in the underside of the Leopard’s helm seat. Without it, the plumbing project(s) that we have planned in that vicinity would be all but impossible. So, while I still sometimes deliberate for hours (days?) about where to drill, and measure countless times, I know that there are times when the surgery just needs to take place.
An inspection port I cut to assist with a plumbing installation we are doing.
Of course, if I had arms like Inspector Gadget, perhaps the inspection ports would not be quite so necessary!
*Since I didn’t have a hole saw in exactly the right size for that opening, I used the cutting bit on our Dremel tool. It did the job just fine.