Cheap. Strong. Transom handles serve many uses. Being steel I cut out and added rubber gaskets cut from an inner tube to protect the aluminum and provide a barrier between these two metals.
Water weighs ten pounds per gallon. One hundred gallons weighs half a ton. This hull holds more than a hundred gallons. An accident that happens to fill a hull with water weighs more than what any person or group of people can easily handle and requires a bailer and transom drain. Adding a transom drain to any boat is a necessity.
I placed the transom drain near the centre support. Marking and drilling was easy. Enlarging was easy as well in the aluminum using a die grinder in my drill.
…and an addition of a rubber washer makers it watertight…
For a few dollars for the brass fitting and two dollars for the plug it was an easy, convenient, and needed addition.
A brass fitting that serves as a very inexpensive transom drain can be purchased at any plumbing supply business. A brass reducer that corresponds in size to the boat’s drain plug can mechanically be bolted through the transom, and/or fitted with gaskets, and/or siliconed into place, and/or be epoxied into place, depending on your desires. When the time comes this will be bolted on, using a plastic stiffener (inside hull), and sealed with silicone. This plug only cost me a few dollars.