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Soon2BV

Thru-Hulls During Storage - Open / Closed?

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Soon2BV

My boat is ready for storage, and it will be in a single bay, enclosed self storage unit.

I will have the cover on and some DampRid's inside.

I am wondering about the three thru-hull plugs. I have one in the rear, one under the engine, and one in the ski locker.

Do you leave them out to allow air in and any water that might appear to drain, or do you close them up to keep anything out?

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Ndawg12
My boat is ready for storage, and it will be in a single bay, enclosed self storage unit.

I will have the cover on and some DampRid's inside.

I am wondering about the three thru-hull plugs. I have one in the rear, one under the engine, and one in the ski locker.

Do you leave them out to allow air in and any water that might appear to drain, or do you close them up to keep anything out?

If your cover is breathable, I would leave the plugs in.

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MalibuNation

I'd leave them out ... though I'm wondering if that could give rodents a way in?

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Ndawg12
I'd leave them out ... though I'm wondering if that could give rodents a way in?

The winterization guide will tell you to duct tape your exhaust flaps for this very reason. That's why I say to leave them in, if the cover is breathable.

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liljohn

Big catch 22..

here are both sides of the argument.

1- if water gets in the boat it has a way to get out so you dont dry sink the boat.

2- if your in an area that has the ability to flod you leave them in so the boat will float.

I personaly have seen both side of this and it all comes down to your person situation.

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srab
Big catch 22..

here are both sides of the argument.

1- if water gets in the boat it has a way to get out so you dont dry sink the boat.

2- if your in an area that has the ability to flod you leave them in so the boat will float.

I personaly have seen both side of this and it all comes down to your person situation.

Yep, my buddy took his Tige in for service at the local dealership. He didn't remove the plugs.

Neither did they. Then came an unexpected downpour. When he went to pick up his boat,

he had over six inches of standing water above the carpet!

But, if you're in an enclosed storage with your cover on tight, I don't think it'd matter. Of

course, leaving the plugs in would prevent some of the access for insects, spiders, and the like.

Personally, I'd probably pull the transom plug and stick some loose gauze in the hole.

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sgt1970-442

if you leave the plugs out, i recommend using dryer sheets in the boat when covered up.

another thing that works is the free breeze auto spray on the carpet. smells fresh in the

spring when you pull the cover.

rodents and critters do not like the fresh smell and will not enter. also as said duct tape

exhaust closed.

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