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BEACHPANDA posted 04-25-2004 09:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for BEACHPANDA   Send Email to BEACHPANDA  
I've recently gotten a 1994 BW Outrage 24 w/ twin Yamaha 4s 150hph engines, that I finally launched and put on a lift in my backyard. Thus begins my problem, of which I really need this forums' help.

The "Lift" runs perpendicular to the property line (aka SeaWall). The Bow faces one side of my property line, and the stern is towards the other property line.

My BW has three Drain Plugs. One in each of the Bow lockers, and a Brass (screw/threaded) 1/2" Plug that is externally insterted into the transom.

While the boat is on the Lift, I am not able to reach over the transom and unscrew the Brass Plug. Though I'm 6' 3", my arms are too short.

I've thought of buying a small rope, Quickstep Boarding Ladder (Model#: 2673820) from West Marine, but don't think it will be steady enough to do the job.

Though I plan on putting the boat on a trailer, once per month for waxing, I hate to have to wait until then to remove the plug. Besides, when it rains, I don't want to have the added weight of the water in the boat, or drain my batteries for maintaing the bilge while in (supposed) dry dock.

How does everyone else remove this external transom drain plug?

Any and ALL suggestions are going to be appreciated.


BEACHPANDA posted 04-25-2004 09:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for BEACHPANDA  Send Email to BEACHPANDA     
CORRECTION the Lift does NOT run perpendicular to my property line, but Parallel. Geometry was never my strong suit.


Backlash posted 04-26-2004 09:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     

Typically the brass drain plug you are referring to is not removed from the boat except when laying up for the winter. This allows water to drain out of the bilge sump when the batteries are removed and the bilge pump would be inoperative.

On my 21 WA this drain plug is screwed into a nylon thru-hull fitting from inside the bilge sump. I remove it in the fall and reinstall in the spring. I also wrap the treads on the plug with teflon tape before inserting.

I would personally leave it in all the time, but if you feel better removing it, why not insert it from inside the sump?


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