Drain Hole

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by WhiteDog70810, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. WhiteDog70810

    WhiteDog70810 Mostly Harmless

    Is it better to drill the drain hole and then seal it with epoxy and redrill it to fit the plug...

    ...or would it be better to drill the hole a bit oversize, seal the inner surface with epoxy and then come back later, bed a copper pipe of appropriate interior dimensions in 5200 and flare both ends to prevent shifting?

    I was going to use the first plan, but I've seen the second a lot on Bateau.

  2. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    I went with an epoxy-glass tube, bedded and glassed in place.
    I have the tool necessary to flare the bronze fitting, but the glass tube
    worked out well. 5 years of use and no problems.

    Glass/epoxy tube


    Epoxy bedded and glassed in place


  3. DuckNut

    DuckNut Brandon, FL

    I did the same as Brett except I did not bother with the sleeve. Drilled the hole, filled the hole and then redrilled.

    14 yrs on a duck boat.
  4. firecat1981

    firecat1981 BBA Counselor

    I did the same as Brett, but used a wood dowel covered in wax paper instead of a socket.