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Old 06-02-2010, 02:33 PM
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I recently put my boat on a lift. Previously, I trailered. Is there a way to remove the drain plug without getting into the 4/5 feet of water ? The only other way I can envision is hanging upside down from the transom and trying to reach it. I am missing something?

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Not missing anything.....unless your lift has a walk way. I have to do the same thing and hang upside down.....I can also get the muffs on that way as well. Little piece of advice though, get at least one or two spares before you take the drain plug out. Also put the drain plug in the cup holder or somewhere easily visible from the helm so you don't forget it.
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Hello,

I recently put my boat on a lift. Previously, I trailered. Is there a way to remove the drain plug without getting into the 4/5 feet of water ? The only other way I can envision is hanging upside down from the transom and trying to reach it. I am missing something?

Thanks for your help.
Do you have to remove it?

I ask because I haven't seen your boat and I know some boats have cockpit drains independent of the garboard drain. Also, I had a cover for my previous boat and didn't need to remove the plug on it except for maintenance.
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can you reach the plug easier from the inside/bilge?
there are plugs that can be screwed in/out from the inside
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When mine was on the lift I never took out the plug. But when I wanted to put the motor on the muffs I went to Home Depot and bought an anodized aluminum garden spreyer. It's about 3 feet long and threaded on both ends. The inlet side has a brass valve and the outlet side has a shower head style waterer. Just unscrew the "shower" head and screw the muffs in it's place. This gave me the reach to slide the muffs into place. I tried to find the item on Depots website but had no luck.

here it is...just this one has a differant handle.

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Why do you want to remove the plug each time you use the boat? I've been on a lift for 11 years only remove the plug off season.
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All very good responses! The question was asked more out of curiousity than a need. When I trailered, I usually removed the plug after each trip to let the bilge "dry out" a little. Unfortunately, I can not remove the plug from the bilge.
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How about a fiberglass ladder off the transom down to the bottom?
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How about getting into another boat, and working at eye height?

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Why do you want to remove the plug each time you use the boat? I've been on a lift for 11 years only remove the plug off season.
As NIckmo says, only off season is really necessary and only if you are gone. But you DON'T want to leave the boat unattended for very long in heavy rain country with the plugs in and rely only on the bilge pumps. Too many variables...failed pump(s), power outages, and on and on.

And yeah, it is a bitch. Beg or borrow a friend's skiff (this is what I do), get or build one of those floating work platforms (buying one is a pretty high buck solution) or, as you said, hang over the transom if you can.

One of my neighbors has a pretty slick catwalk system he designed but again, I think he spent about a grand on an aluminum drop plank/ladder and on a length of scaffolding for the far side. He wanted to be able to work on his motors on the lift, which was his main reason for the system.

Redfish's idea of the ladder had never occurred to me, and I think it's a good one, especially for something you only do a couple of times a year.

(BTW, these are elevator lifts I"m talking about.)
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How about getting into another boat, and working at eye height?

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When I do want to just dry the bilge, I use the kayak.
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I remove the plug always. I have step platforms that stick out about3' from my transom. I have to hold on to the LU with my left hand and reach with my right. Not too hard but I am used to it.
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i got one of thoes big foam floats for workin on the boat when its on the lift
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Why is removing the plug such a popular thing to do? I never remove the plug in my boat and the bilge is fine, usually an inch or so of water, big deal because its a boat!
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Here in FL I take mine out during the rainy season. I do not want to come home and find the lift broken and boat dropped.

Assuming you have the normal captive bronze piece, drill and tap the hole in the center and make a tool to open it from the inside.
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That's the way I do it! The plug only comes out when we anticipate a tropical storm (or hurricane). No sense in running the battery down from a bilge pump running just about continually during a deluge! 6 to 10 inches of rain in one hour is kinda standard under those circumstances.

I also open the "fish door" in case the drains get plugged which did happen to me once.
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If you do remove the drain plug, it should have a hole on the part that folds. I would get something that can be easily removed and attach it to your key so that you always remember to put it in!

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How about posting a pic of your boat on the lift for more specific feedback?
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Regarding the drain plug for the hull, I only remove it during the winter or in anticipation of tropical storms. I use a canoe to access it.

Regarding flushing the motor, I contrived the rig shown in the photos below. I have to admit that I don't have much confidence in it as it is difficult to get the muffs properly aligned with the cooling water inlets. I generally flush the motor via the flushing port on the back of the cowling with the motor not running.
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If your boat is on a lift and you have a self bailing deck that bails overboard and not into the bilge I see absolutely no reason to remove the plug. If you don't trust your bilge pumps when the boat is on a lift how the hell do you trust them when your boat is in the water?
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