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Old 04-16-2002, 08:23 AM   #1
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Anybody ever had a problem with your drain plugs leaking water into your boat?
I have a mystery leak and am wondering if this is why.
Just can't find any holes or cracks other than the ones the plugs go in....

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Old 04-16-2002, 08:42 AM   #2
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Do you have other intakes, for wash down pump, livewell? Could be a hose or connection to a hose if you do.
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Old 04-16-2002, 08:54 AM   #3
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nope, just drain holes...
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Old 04-16-2002, 09:02 AM   #4
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YES, as a matter of fact, I have. With my new boat, went out with Dangerous Dave to do some motor break in and we noticed there was water slowly accummulating in the back of the boat. Couldn't figure why, thought maybe from where we mounted the fish finder transducer. Well to make a long story short, a couple days later Dangerous Dave is looking at my plug and notices that there is a small crease indented into the rubber. We tightened down the adjustment nut a bit so now it goes in the hole a bit tighter, and just like that, no more leak.

Hope this little saga helps.
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Old 04-16-2002, 09:04 AM   #5
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When you've got the boat on the trailer, make sure it's tilted back. Leave the plug in. Mix a little red food coloring in with a couple gallons of water. Pour it in your bilge area. You'll be able to track the colored water much easier to determine if it's coming out of the plug area.
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Old 04-16-2002, 09:11 AM   #6
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Default Re: boat drain plugs.....

Had the same problem with a big sled one time. The hole was a little larger than standard and not perfectly round.

Fixed it with a drain hole slieve and epoxy from Fisherman's Marine. No problems since.
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Old 04-16-2002, 09:13 AM   #7
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umrules, not sure if your plugs are like mine or others I have seen. By your description it sounded like you were just sticking them in and that was it. As a new boat owner I just wanted to make sure you new exactly how your plugs were supposed to go in.

Generally there are two types of plug that I have seen. Both have a similar "insert" into the transom. A threaded rod with rubber and usually a flat threaded washer. In my boat, my plugs screw in and have a "T" handle on the outside. Slide the plug in and tighten it and it expand the rubber tightly against the plug holes. The other I have seen is a similar set up but with a "lever" on the outside that goes in open and then "close" it to pull the rubber tight. I have never seen a plug that just "goes" in and require no tightening.

I hope I am not over reacting to your post, as you may have left off what exactly you did.
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Old 04-16-2002, 09:17 AM   #8
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chnookie,
You can approach the problem backwards. We had a boat that we could not find the leak in either. So we just filled it up with a few inches water while it was on the trailer and waited for it to leak.
Works great, and if you need to you can add a little food coloring to the water so you can see it easier.
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Old 04-16-2002, 09:39 AM   #9
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If you have a sled with a pump, it could be the pump packing. I have a slow leak problem with mine that requires an occasional adjustment to slow or stop the leak.

I could see the leak when the boat was sitting in the water.
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Old 04-16-2002, 09:49 AM   #10
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How about the motor mounts? My friends boat was leaking through the holes drilled through the transom to secure the motor.
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Old 04-16-2002, 11:40 AM   #11
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OK. Old glass boat, 50-hp Clamp on outboard, no holes, hoses, pumps, sunroofs, etc.
Hard to access the bilge because it lies under a floor that I replaced a few years ago. Probably should cut an access hole to get underneath the floor. Has two drain holes, one for the upper floor, and one for the under, both have brand new drain tubes I replaced last year, and there ain't any holes around the tubes. Guess I'll have to fill it up with water, but I'm not sure it will help since it seems to take water pretty slowly.
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Old 04-16-2002, 11:49 AM   #12
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You live near the Portland area???
Hey silly, it's rain :grin:

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Old 04-16-2002, 11:58 AM   #13
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Lured In,
I have the lever type. Didn't list all the specifics to save space.I do appreciate your response, I think it's good that folks post to help out others and ensure our fishing bretheren remain safe and productive out there.

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Old 04-17-2002, 12:16 AM   #14
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rubber robbin, don't ever completely stop the leak, a few drops now and then is good the packing needs lubercation, if not you will burn up a shaft or the packing,
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Old 04-17-2002, 12:28 AM   #15
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choonkie, try cleaning the plug hole. I had the same thing happen to me several years ago and it was from a build up of oil and dirt. Was really a slow leak but troublesome. Cleaned the hole put in a new plug.....end of problem.
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Old 04-17-2002, 12:33 AM   #16
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thanks for all the replies....
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