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Old 04-21-2013, 09:30 AM
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I have been doing some searching around online trying to find some sort of aftermarket sensor that would alert/remind me to install drain plug when launching. Something like a buzzer or light that would kick on when I turn the key to start my boat.

I have this reocurring nightmare that Im gonna launch my boat and end up out in the middle of the lake before I realize Im sinking! LOL

Has anyone ever seen something like this, or maybe a DIY site on how I could make one myself?

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Easiest way I think would be to put some kind of hook or loop on the plug and hang it around the ignition when taking it out that way you'd see it before you would fire the engine.
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I have done this (once so far) and I was "alerted" by my bilge pump shooting water out of the through hull. I keep a spare one on the boat just in case I loose my mind again.
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make yourself a check list to check off prior to launching your boat and have install plug as one of the items. I have a check list in my head not writen out but I run through it prior to launching.
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simple high water alarm: float switch to light and/or buzzer at helm
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I really like the idea of the water alarm wired to a buzzer. Cant believe someone doesnt have some kind of aftermarket kit for this... Ive seen passive reminders with rope and velcro that some people have come up with. I just wanted to do something a little more professional and built in, Just seems silly its not already an include feature especially considering how much a boat can cost....
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I found this while digging through some more google search results

bshoremarine.com

Looks like they make a kit, sounds like exactly what I am looking for in a drain plug warning device, but they dont have any pictures posted of the kit. So kinda hard to tell exactly what it is or how it might work. Guess I will try calling them tomorrow

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I just found the picture of their kit....conveniently under the "order" tab lol Maybe someone else can take a look and see what you think? Looks like its a replacement for the factory drain plug with some kind of sensor to alert you if the plug isnt installed.
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Drill a hole in your drain plug and zip tie it to your trailer winch handle.
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This is a slightly better shill post than your first attempt- ( http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-...lug-alert.html ), but not much better.

The domain for your website was registered 11 days ago and since then you have been shilling all over the place. Craigslist, screamandfly, Yamaha forums, etc. if you want to advertise, why don't you become an advertiser and be honest about your product?

You only serve to make yourself seem foolish by inventing personas that have a sudden "need" for a product that didn't exist until 11 days ago.

For the record, I have no idea why someone would purchase this instead of a high water float switch, etc. that would serve both as a missing drain plug alarm and a leak detector.


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I found this while digging through some more google search results

bshoremarine.com

Looks like they make a kit, sounds like exactly what I am looking for in a drain plug warning device, but they dont have any pictures posted of the kit. So kinda hard to tell exactly what it is or how it might work. Guess I will try calling them tomorrow

**Edit**

I just found the picture of their kit....conveniently under the "order" tab lol Maybe someone else can take a look and see what you think? Looks like its a replacement for the factory drain plug with some kind of sensor to alert you if the plug isnt installed.
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HA! match made in heaven right there! I don't have any affiliation with this product nor am I advertising/endorsing its use. But I thank you for linking me to the other thread which turns out to be quite helpful. I can now PM the owner directly and get my questions answered.

Your attempt to bash me turned out instead to be quite informative. Thanks!
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HA! match made in heaven right there! I don't have any affiliation with this product nor am I advertising/endorsing its use. But I thank you for linking me to the other thread which turns out to be quite helpful. I can now PM the owner directly and get my questions answered.

Your attempt to bash me turned out instead to be quite informative. Thanks!
That is so you. But shoot me an email. I specialize in bringing new products like yours to market.
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Drill a hole in your drain plug and zip tie it to your trailer winch handle.
That is the right idea. Every drain plug I have has a ring handle and you could get a small stainless key ring or shackle, put a halyard clip on it and clip it to the safety chain or winch hook.
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Where's the fun in that?We would lose all those "I forgot to put in my drain plug " stories!
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water around your ankles is usually a good indicator
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water around your ankles is usually a good indicator
If that fails to get your attention, when your hat starts floating, check your drain plug .
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Actually all.... I'm the one with the website and the idea for the drain plug warning system. No idea who the OP is. I posted the other thread, just trying to get the idea out. But sounds like I might have just what you're looking for. Anyways..... It was just an idea I had because I've made the same stupid mistake everyone has. So, i got to work and after many revisions I finally figured out one that works awesome. In order to make it I had to buy enough stuff to make several. So, I passed them out to a few friends. They loved them. They convinced me to file for a patent and try to make these for other people. I hired a college student to put together a website for me and here I am. Trying anyway i can think of to introduce it. I'm no slick salesman with a marketing degree.
Theres all kinds of ideas how to remind yourself. Checklists... You can go thru your check list, get to #3 go to install the plug, and your wife hollers at you. You put the drain plug down to find out what she needs and you forget it. You can unclip it from your steering wheel. Go back to install it, and your kid slips and gets hurt. You drop the plug to help and forget. You can untie it from your ignition key. Go back to install, and your buddy tosses you a beer. You set the plug down to catch it, and crack the beer open and totally forget the plug. Tons of good ideas. But..... even though it was #3 on your check list. You forgot. Or you tossed it to your buddy to install, and he forgot. Unlike float switches this has no moving parts to go bad, or get stuck with seaweed. And if your float switch has triggered, it's too late anyways. This is a failsafe reminder. Turn on your key and if your plug isn't there, you get a loud alarm screaming at you. You put the plug in, and no alarm.
Anyways, it's just something I came up with to help prevent those mistakes, and help others out. It's a cool idea, works great and I truly believe it serves a really good purpose.

I believe in this so much, If there's enough interest I could put together a thehulltruth.com group buy. And let these go a bit above cost. Plus shipping. Just as long as you agree to email me with some feedback or a review. PM me
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Well I plunged and ordered one, hopefully its as easy to install as Jeremy makes it sound! at $80 I guess its not the most expensive thing I will be purchasing this season lol. Ill update later after I receive mine and attempt the install, maybe someone else will find the information useful

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If you need this you shouldn't be boating. Whats next a device to remind you to check the gas gauge too? I too have forgotten about the plug but never did I not realize that it was my mistake.
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If you have been trailer boating long enuff you learn the hard way once. Then you will always remember the plug amazing how much water gets in that little hole in the
Time it takes to parka car and get back to the boat.
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Actually all.... I'm the one with the website and the idea for the drain plug warning system. No idea who the OP is. I posted the other thread, just trying to get the idea out. But sounds like I might have just what you're looking for. Anyways..... It was just an idea I had because I've made the same stupid mistake everyone has. So, i got to work and after many revisions I finally figured out one that works awesome. In order to make it I had to buy enough stuff to make several. So, I passed them out to a few friends. They loved them. They convinced me to file for a patent and try to make these for other people. I hired a college student to put together a website for me and here I am. Trying anyway i can think of to introduce it. I'm no slick salesman with a marketing degree.
Theres all kinds of ideas how to remind yourself. Checklists... You can go thru your check list, get to #3 go to install the plug, and your wife hollers at you. You put the drain plug down to find out what she needs and you forget it. You can unclip it from your steering wheel. Go back to install it, and your kid slips and gets hurt. You drop the plug to help and forget. You can untie it from your ignition key. Go back to install, and your buddy tosses you a beer. You set the plug down to catch it, and crack the beer open and totally forget the plug. Tons of good ideas. But..... even though it was #3 on your check list. You forgot. Or you tossed it to your buddy to install, and he forgot. Unlike float switches this has no moving parts to go bad, or get stuck with seaweed. And if your float switch has triggered, it's too late anyways. This is a failsafe reminder. Turn on your key and if your plug isn't there, you get a loud alarm screaming at you. You put the plug in, and no alarm.
Anyways, it's just something I came up with to help prevent those mistakes, and help others out. It's a cool idea, works great and I truly believe it serves a really good purpose.

I believe in this so much, If there's enough interest I could put together a thehulltruth.com group buy. And let these go a bit above cost. Plus shipping. Just as long as you agree to email me with some feedback or a review. PM me
Congrats on the great idea, I dont think Ill ever get one but man I wish I would have thought of that.
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