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Old 04-14-2006, 02:46 PM
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Where do you like to place your drain plug. The rubber kind what either has a T screw or lever handle. Should it be installed inside the bilge area or outside the boat. The boat will be left in the water for the season. Thanks
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Old 04-14-2006, 02:50 PM
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The kind your looking at should go on the inside. The screw in type, on the outside.

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The champagne cork expandable plug has no business being used as a garboard drain. That is a bait well, fish-box rubber ducky devise only. I know..."the boat came that way" That doesn't make it right, or safe. Please go get a proper bronze drain with a threaded plug. Its only three screws and some goop. If not, put it in the inside, easier to recover that way....Good luck and have a great summer.
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Thanks Baitkiller, you just saved me from a big headache

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The champagne cork expandable plug has no business being used as a garboard drain. That is a bait well, fish-box rubber ducky devise only. I know..."the boat came that way" That doesn't make it right, or safe. Please go get a proper bronze drain with a threaded plug. Its only three screws and some goop. If not, put it in the inside, easier to recover that way....Good luck and have a great summer.
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Thought I would weigh in on your dilemma... Have used the "thermos stopper" for years. (the type with the flip handle) Make sure you have a tight fit, and always install from the INSIDE of the bilge! The reasons are two fold... 1, it won't be knocked out by something in the water, and will not be lost to the deep... 2, if you do take on water, you can put the boat on a plane, and romove the plug while up and running to drain it out! This works very very well as long as you STAY ON PLANE. Replace the plug and go about your buisness. Just put the plug back in before you come back off step. I have freaked out several fishing partners this way, but if your plug faces aft, it will work great!
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As long as you remember to install it before launch it doesnt matter.

There are two types of boaters... Those who have forgotten to put in their drain plug, and those who will!

I use a remote control valve on my drain. I cant find a link to antyone that carries it right now but it was less than $20. I can tell at a glance if the valve is open or closed just by looking at the handle.
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Agree on not using those rubber screw-in, flip-down types. You could go either inside or outside with a suitable garboard drain plug.

Outside - threaded bronze outfit like this, typically on the bottom of the transom:


Inside - sometimes installed in the bottom keel of the boat in the bilge instead of the transom and feature a thru-hull:

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My brother just called to tell me a funny story about the guys at the ramp that were trying to get their boat out of the water because they were taking on water. Seems they used one of those rubber drain plugs with the flip lever, and something hit the lever and the plug came out.

If you have the type of bilge drain that requires the rubber plug (typical with alot of riveted aluminum boats), use the stainless drain plug that has a T handle and tightens by turning the T handle. Never use the flip lever type on the outside of a boat. Always carry a spare drain plug on board.
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Forgot to mention, Orcas Marine makers of top-tier hardware, offers this stainless drain plug assembly where you cannot lose the plug. This is what I'm installing on 2 boats. You can get them on Ebay or now, directly from orcasmarine.

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