Where to get Drain Plug

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dleopoldi914
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Where to get Drain Plug

Postby dleopoldi914 » Sat May 19, 2018 9:12 pm

Where I can get the [transom drain] plug [for a 1983 MONTAUK].


I bought an 1983 Montauk. I love this boat. A plug for the transom is not holding and seems a little worn.

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Re: Where to get Drain Plug

Postby jimh » Sat May 19, 2018 10:25 pm

To buy a transom drain plug for a 1983 Boston Whaler MONTAUK, visit any ship store.

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Re: Where to get Drain Plug

Postby dleopoldi914 » Sun May 20, 2018 9:51 am

jimh wrote:To buy a transom drain plug for a 1983 Boston Whaler MONTAUK, visit any ship store.


Ok. Cool. I can go to a West Marine with this plug and they will have it. Thanks.

Sorry for newbie questions; it’s my first boat and I have lots to learn.

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Re: Where to get Drain Plug

Postby frontier » Sun May 20, 2018 12:09 pm

Many WalMart stores have drain plugs, too, and at about half the price of West Marine. Get brass or stainless steel.

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Re: Where to get Drain Plug

Postby jimh » Sun May 20, 2018 1:10 pm

You want a drain plug that looks like this one:

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Drain plug with rocker handle.
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Get the proper size. There are two common diameters. With the handle in-line with the drain, you can rotate the handle to thread the bottom plate onto the rubber plug to be tighter or looser. Adjust the threading so when you pull the lever to be at right-angle to the plug the rubber is compressed nicely and seals the drain. Wet the rubber before installing it. Clean the drain of any debris or residue so the rubber seal can work properly.

Another choice in a drain plug is one with a T-handle:

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Drain plug with T-handle.
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These fit into tight places more easily. I prefer this type.

Read the owner's manual about drains. If you did not get a printed copy of the owner's manual, you my find my HTML version of the Boston Whaler owner's manual for smaller classic hulls will be informative. VIsit the REFERENCE section to view:

http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/manual9-17/

Read the section on drains:

http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/manual9-17/operations.html#drainTubes

If new to Boston Whaler boats, read the REFERENCE sections FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/FAQ/

The REFERENCE section contains over 100 well-researched, illustrated, carefully-written articles on Boston Whaler boats and general boating toics that may be informative for you as a first-time boat owner. Visit

http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/

The REFERENCE section also contains over 60 well-research, illustrated, carefully written articles on small boat electrical, electronic, radio, and satellite navigation.

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Re: Where to get Drain Plug

Postby Don SSDD » Sun May 20, 2018 1:30 pm

There may be nothing wrong with the plug you have, maybe you just need to tighten it the way Jim said.
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Re: Where to get Drain Plug

Postby frontier » Tue May 22, 2018 9:00 pm

I prefer the T-Handle type - a lot easier to use if you have a bilge pump in the Montauk sump area.
WalMart has an Attwood Stainless Steel T-handle type drain plug for $4.42.

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Re: Where to get Drain Plug

Postby jimh » Wed May 23, 2018 9:14 am

By the way, on a Boston Whaler you generally do not put plugs into the "transom drain"--at least not on the outside of the transom. The lowest drain on the transom is the outlet of the cockpit sump, and it is normally never plugged at the transom. The engine splash well drains are normally never plugged, either. Read the owner's manual for guidance. Follow the link I posted earlier.