I was reasoning about your answer and my problem and I was wondering if the following plan makes sense.
I could install an inspection port and, if possible, repair any damage from inside. This would ensure that my repair won't create new leaks because the extenal side would remain untouched. The inspection port would also make it clear how serious the damage is.
What do you think?
Is the port installation easy?
Is there any disvantage?
The inspection port would stay between the pilons on the deck, will it make the hull weaker?
What is the advisable size for an HC 14?
Finally, my European Hobie dealer just told me that his ports are flat, rather the american pdf Hobie catalog says that ports are curved for best fit on the deck (see HATCH COVER KITS on http://static.hobiecat.com/2010_archive/support/pdfs/04catalog.pdf
). Should I try to adapt the flat one or is it better to order curved one from a US reseller?