I frequently worry about how many holes I keep drilling in our boat. It seems that I've always got a drill in one hand, punching holes in one part or another. Today was a little more dramatic than usual as I drilled a 2-and-a-quarter-inch hole right through the hull - 6 inches above the waterline. After fretting about it for too long, I chucked the big hole saw in my 1/2" Milwaukie drill and proceeded to do the dreaded deed. The reason for the massive hole is for the new bilge pump I'm installing (it's actually a Christmas gift for Ruthie so don't mention it to her - it's going to be a surprise. I can't wait to see the look on her face!). This is no ordinary submersible bilge pump. It's rated at 4,000 gallons per hour and has a shiny red finish. Like so many boat projects, it's taking me a lot longer than I had planned but when it's completed we'll have three electric bilge pumps, two built-in manual ones, one manual portable pump and lots of buckets!