Drain plug removal

Discussion in 'Powerboats' started by Stumble, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    I'm in agreement on both accounts Stumble. Unused thru hulls are a potential leak source and should be dealt with, when practical. Your drain being filled in, might be an inconvenience on a rare occasion, but you can work around this, with some added comfort about filled holes.
     
  2. tunnels

    tunnels Previous Member

    Drain holes and plugs are a curse and in most cases are not needed . The less number of holes in the hull the better !! Seal it up and glass over it !! Fit a big bilge pump and sleep easy !! :p
     
  3. PAR
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    Also agree in a minimum of hull penetrations, though some are necessary and/or unavoidable.

    I disagree about big bilge pumps. A scared skipper can move about 5,500 GPH, with a lift of 5', for about 5 minutes, before fatigue starts to lower this number. That's 450 gallons in 5 minutes, so two scared crew and a frightened skipper can move nearly 1,400 gallon in 5 minutes. Show me a Rule automatic bilge pump that can do this. The point is, I've done a lot of sinking surveys and the pump or it's switch were the primary failure modes. Owner neglect aside (the usual cause), relying on a pump typically results in heartbreak.
     

  4. tunnels

    tunnels Previous Member

    I have a small boat and no holes any where !!when i wash the boat out i use the big bilge pump to empty the water out The exit tube stick straight up at the transom and tha water goes more than a meter high !! This a good tell tail sign if the hull ever gets any water inside .:idea:
     
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