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keltonkrew posted 02-11-2004 08:42 PM ET (US)   Profile for keltonkrew   Send Email to keltonkrew  
I've searched but couldn't get a clear answer so here is my post.


I'm re-doing my 1964 13' whaler. Granted I'm not going all original so take that into consideration with your answer.

I'm going to replace the transom drain plug tube and would like to remove it before I gel-coat the outside of the hull:

1) should I go with the original bronze/brass or whatever it is. I don't have the tool to install it so I don't know how I would install it correctly.

2) install the new plastic thru-hull tube. From what my dealer told me, it has a threaded plug that screws in, so you don't use the conventional 1" plugs.


Please give me your suggestions and why do you feel that way.


Happy Whalering (well, not for me until April when I get this beast back together :)


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http://www.keltonkrew.com/whaler.html

Buckda posted 02-11-2004 08:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Since you're not going original, and you are operating in a saltwater environment, I vote for plastic.

1. It is less expensive
2. It will be easier to install (no special tool required)
3. It will not corrode in your saltwater environment.
4. How often do you look at a man's drain tube? (seriously..)
5. The new Whalers have plastic drain tubes...if it's good enough for Whaler, it should be good enough for you - especially on a restored DIY project.

Dave

keltonkrew posted 02-11-2004 09:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for keltonkrew  Send Email to keltonkrew     
Thanks for the reply. I am leaning that way, the only downside I see is the special plug from whaler....not just any ole plug will do anymore.....

I'll have to remember to hide one in my boat in case I lose/forget the main one :)

ps...don't be lookin' at my drain tube :)

That was good....made me chuckle!

Plotman posted 02-12-2004 11:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Plotman  Send Email to Plotman     
The whaler plastic thru hulls use standard plugs - Order them from Twin Cities Marine.

The brass tubes are also super easy to install - you don't need any special tools other than a couple of ball-peen hammers. I've done a bunch of these and the hammers give a better flange than the tool, in my experience.

keltonkrew posted 02-12-2004 02:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for keltonkrew  Send Email to keltonkrew     
I just talked to Sue at Twin Cities.....she emailed me a pic and told me a little bit about the tube.

She said that the tube has a lip on it that I will have to drill out part of the hole to make it bigger.....Anyone have any advice/experience on this.

Thanks

Plotman posted 02-12-2004 05:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Plotman  Send Email to Plotman     
Yeah - use a hole saw. You need to come up with a way to guide the pilot bit in the hole saw. What I did was use a smaller hole saw that had an OD equal to or slightly smaller than the ID of the existing hole in the boat to cut a disk out of a piece of scrap wood (use tape wrapped around it to make it bigger if necessary) and use the pilot hole in this disk to guide the correct size hole saw to enlarge the hole in the boat.

When you cut the tube of the plastic thru hull, cut it so that it will be ~ 1/4" short of being flush with the end of "nut" when it is put together in the boat. This way you can use a piece of threaded rod with nuts and fender washers as a clamp to squeeze the two ends together.

David

Plotman posted 02-12-2004 05:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Plotman  Send Email to Plotman     
Yeah - use a hole saw. You need to come up with a way to guide the pilot bit in the hole saw. What I did was use a smaller hole saw that had an OD equal to or slightly smaller than the ID of the existing hole in the boat to cut a disk out of a piece of scrap wood (use tape wrapped around it to make it bigger if necessary) and use the pilot hole in this disk to guide the correct size hole saw to enlarge the hole in the boat.

When you cut the tube of the plastic thru hull, cut it so that it will be ~ 1/4" short of being flush with the end of "nut" when it is put together in the boat. This way you can use a piece of threaded rod with nuts and fender washers as a clamp to squeeze the two ends together.

David

keltonkrew posted 02-12-2004 05:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for keltonkrew  Send Email to keltonkrew     
cool...thanks
keltonkrew posted 02-12-2004 10:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for keltonkrew  Send Email to keltonkrew     
I ordered the drain plug from Twin Cities Marine.....All I can say is WOW, their service, willing to talk to you, etc is unbelievable. I contacted my local whaler dealer today and he seemed like I was a nuisance, but Sue made me feel like I was important to their business. Granted, for this little part it may cost me more to ship it, I would rather give my money to Twin Cities than the no customer service whaler dealer in my area.

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