Seats are air boxes/Omega transom/aux mount

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I found out from the folks at The Sailboat Store in Austin that the seats in the Omega/ 14.2 are air boxes for flotation.

Plan B: I won't install deck plates in the seats, I'll drill another set of holes in the Aux bracket instead and reinforce it with an aluminum plate

The Catalina rep says the transom is reinforced with plywood. My tap test didn't find any dry rot (yet).
 
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