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Beginner Questions - 2010 Wakesetter VLX
First off, these boats won't sink unless you've got a bunch of lead on board for ballast. They will, however, take on a great deal of water, maybe all the way up the gunwales, and potentially damage electrical components and the engine, if launched without through-hull plugs installed. This, however, is true with all boats.
Conversely, if caught in a heavy rain while sitting on a trailer in your driveway, you can actually "sink" a boat if the through-hull drain plugs are not removed.
My 2006 has three through-hull drain plugs. One is the stern plug, located in the center of the lower edge of the stern (back) of your boat. This one is on every boat I've ever seen, and serves to drain water that may have accumulated in the bilge while out on the lake (from water dripping off wet bodies, water from a wave taken over the bow [aka "chili-dip"], or water leaking from ballast tanks/connections). It also allows water to drain from a boat during a rain storm, and it should be removed every time you pull your boat out of the water and replaced every time you are about to put your boat back in the water.
There is another drain plug with a "T" handle in the bilge of my boat, located just on the port (left) side of midline. However, in ten years, I've never had a reason to remove this one, so I don't ever worry about it.
A third drain plug is located in my ski locker, which your boat won't have, located in the walkway leading to the bow seating area. Your boat, I suspect, does have a drain plug in a similar location under a small hatch located to the left of the driver's seat. I actually have removed this one on two separate occasions because I've found water in my ski locker, typically after a heavy rain while my boat has been sitting on a trailer (this is a low point on my boat, lower than even the bilge when my boat is sitting on its trailer). Otherwise, I leave this one in all the time and, therefore, do not worry about replacing it before launching.
So, basically, while you may have more than one drain plug, you really only need to worry about the stern plug. It should be part of your pre-launch check list.
As far as the "stuffing box," if you have a water-cooled shaft seal, I'm pretty sure that you don't have to do anything to it . . . ever! If you do not have a water-cooled shaft seal, then you may, periodically, need to adjust/tighten the packing nut. These systems are actually designed to leak, albeit at a very slow and controlled rate. The longer your boat sits in the water, the more water will accumulate in the bilge. But, you only need to worry about it if the amount of water leaking in seems excessive or worsens over time.
Congratulations on the new boat. Welcome to the Crew.Edited by srab
Rigged, ready to roll. Boat performed really well, couple of minor things to take care of.
Barefooted until the tubers got out if bed, full tank of fuel and 5 people in the boat, we got 46 GPS with the stock stainless prop, I figure a 515 will improve hole shot, speed holding and top end.
Best way to store skis/boards in new garage?
7 minutes ago, PeteOOXXOO said:
Not sure whether you have the same in the USA, but here in Australia we have a chain called Bunnings. Here is the link to the parts.
This is the plate ($26) and I simply cut it into pieces, and screwed them through the gyprock into a stud to mount these on to:
$16 per mount
For the skis I used these:
mounted on full length rails above
Both work really well!
Great idea. I'll be going to the local Bunnings in Vic tomorrow.....1 person likes this
Shade without a Bimini.
I saw a pic of a tube strapped to a tower on here somewhere.
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