Ohhh, I see what you're seeing. I missed the two little black flaps at the very edges of the transom. I was thinking the oblong holes were the scuppers. I don't know what they would be for. I wonder if there are internal Samson posts for towing or something.I'm confused. Aren't the 2 rubber flaps just above the waterline covering the self bailing scuppers for the deck? So, what would the upper "hawse" things be that Keelboater refers to?
The two big holes in the transom are through hull chocks or hawse holes. The previous owner used it as a workboat and those were for towing lines. You can't see the cleats that were mounted to the coaming, they're gone, removed by current owner.No, not the name. If I am seeing it correctly there are two BIG holes in the transom that look like hawse pipes, but the cleats are located on top of the rail. If you tie that up to a dock with the stern exposed to any chop during a heavy down pour, she's a potential sinker in my opinion. I'm not knocking the boat at all. It's a great project boat and Wasque has a good reputation. Just be sure to get rid of those hawse pipes.......if that's what they are. That's kind of crazy. I have no idea if this boat sank or not. I'm just looking at the picture and thinking about what I see.
I bought the boat, and had Gannon and Benjamin rebuild the woodwork that was rotting away. Rub rails, cockpit coaming, windshield, etc.The two big holes in the transom are through hull chocks or hawse holes. The previous owner used it as a workboat and those were for towing lines. You can't see the cleats that were mounted to the coaming, they're gone, removed by current owner.
As for the cockpit scuppers, you would be risking both your life and the boat if you plugged them and ran the cockpit drains into the bilge. These boats are designed for fishing in rough water, rips and the like, and one could take on a large amount of water in the cockpit. If run into the bilge you'd need a really large pump capacity to get rid of it reasonably quickly. And if you didn't, the next wave might sink you.
I've had or used a number of different bass boats of this general size and design, and they all had similar cockpit deck scuppers. They work very well. I once got broadside in the mouth of the Merrimac during a bluefish blitz in a 23 'Marbleheader, and I think the wave that caught me dumped at least 300 gallons into the cockpit. That's 2.400 lbs. I immediately put the boat around, hit the throttle and got the bow up while she drained, but that was several minutes of very sluggish boat.