On the one argument, forget plastic. My father was given a boat. A tune up and a check list. Everything fine. No leaks
at all. All systems go. Jumped it up on plane and took about a three mile shakedown.
When I slowed down, the boat started to feel sluggish very quickly. Water
started coming up through the cockpit drain. I had my three passengers on the nose holding it down enough to keep going when we got to the ramp
. The batteries and fuel tank
were under water when we got the trailer under it.
The boat had been stored for years. Every plastic thru-hull was broken. They don't age well apparently.
No plastic thru-hulls on any boat that can sink in my opinion, not if I am going to be on it very far from shore anyway.
I am a complete newcomer
, but I learned that lesson in one sitting, and it has stuck with me.