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Self drain bilge plugs


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interesting idea - I will take the peace of mind knowing I put it in correctly.  I know you could forget it, but......

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I have one in a small boat, as well as in my dingy. I can definitely say that I would never put one in a boat I cared about. They definitely allow water to come in, and like oldjeep stated, it only takes a little bit of debris to have a lot of water coming in. 

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Not something you want to use on a real boat.

 

That being said, it's illegal to tow with the plugs installed the boat in many states now.  Goal is to make people pull them to avoid transferring invasive species from lake to lake.

So, risk of fine, AND risk of malfunction?  I'm out.

 

If you have clearance on your transom plug, i do like these as an upgrade.  

https://smile.amazon.com/SEAWORTHY-INNOVATIONS-Boat-Garboard-Drain/dp/B08FJGCRDG/ref=sr_1_3?crid=3GAU5U4PHTJ0Q&keywords=T+handle+drain+plug+1%2F2&qid=1655092645&sprefix=t+handle+drain+plug+1%2F2%2Caps%2C275&sr=8-3

 

Had to be shaved down to clear the power wedge on my 2016, but work killer on other boats.  Beats having to grab a wrench to pull the transom plug!

 

 

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While my center plugs drain water the easiest, the rear is what is visible at state checkpoints, etc.  So, i make sure to pull that also.  

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About 15 years ago I had a old seadoo with a self drain plug that failed. Luckily it was anchored in a few inches of water so it was sitting on the bottom without water getting in the engine. I would not recommend them.

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