Water from Drain Hole After Day on the Water

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by rkmurphy, May 5, 2014.

  1. rkmurphy

    rkmurphy Well-Known Member

    Hey all. This has probably been addressed before but I got lazy and didn't do an extensive search.

    I've noticed lately that when I pull my drain plug after a day on the water, I get a good bit of water coming out. I wouldn't imagine it's much more than a gallon, if that. Nothing alarming, but I used to just get a trickle. I replaced my rubber drain plug (the twist kind, not the lever type) and still have the same result. I tighten it as much as possible by hand...should probably tighten more with pliers but I'll get better about it. I've checked the underside of the hull while it's on the trailer and it's clean as a whistle; no holes or cracks/hairline cracks. The only place I can't see is underneath the bunks but I don't suspect anything as the hull feels solid as a rock and takes rough water like a champ.

    It's probably something stupid but I just wanted to get the thoughts of some of the more experienced folks out there. Let me know what you think!
     
  2. Net 30

    Net 30 Soy un Perdedor

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    Check the thru hull fitting that the drain plug goes into. Sometimes they loosen up and allow water to weep in.

    I had to replace both of mine in my sponsons with stainless screw-in plugs.
     

  3. rkmurphy

    rkmurphy Well-Known Member

    Using this suggestion I checked the area.  Sure enough, you were probably right. 

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    You can kind of see in the picture above a small divot just inside the hole.

    Here is the overall view.

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    How hard it this to replace?  How would I go about removing the old sleeve in putting in a new one?  I'm fairly handy but have never done this before.  I'd like to go with a screw in type.

    Thanks Net 30!
     
  4. David_Estes

    David_Estes Well-Known Member

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    "How hard it this to replace?  How would I go about removing the old sleeve in putting in a new one?  I'm fairly handy but have never done this before.  I'd like to go with a screw in type."



    not hard at all a small chisel and hammer, peel the flair back and grab hold of it with needle nose vice grips.  :eek:  good stress relief...  the new one should go in with 5200 or some thing of the sort..
     
  5. Net 30

    Net 30 Soy un Perdedor

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    It's an easy fix.  Bend over the flange on the old one and it will slip thru the  hole and pop right out.

    I used the one attached and they work great and look good too.  5200 and 2 screws and you're good to go! Make sure you use a little epoxy or MarineTex to seal up the edges of the hole before installing.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Seachoice-S-S-Garboard-drain-plug-18661-/310648830590?pt=Boat_Parts_Accessories_Gear&hash=item48541cfa7e&vxp=mtr
     
  6. rkmurphy

    rkmurphy Well-Known Member

    Thanks all!

    I got that same exact one Net 30. I sealed up the inside of the hole with 5200. I didn't feel like going out and buying epoxy so I just used what I had haha.

    Thanks for your help. Will hopefully get the boat out next weekend and hopefully report back with positive results.