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 Post subject: Stripped Drain Plugs
PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 8:25 pm 
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When taking out the rear drain plug (next to the rudder) on my islander, I noticed a certain difficulty, and when I went to put it back in, I couldn't do so because of the holes being almost completely stripped! I ended up re-inserting the plugs with the help of a wrench, and have had to use a hand pump to drain the yak ever since... I’m thinking about installing a separate drain plug, but am wondering if it’s worth the trouble, or whether I should just stick with the pump…

I have also noticed this problem with the seat drains, but I usually leave those open, since I'll end up soaked anyways. :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 8:52 pm 
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The plugs have a built in retainer -- check to see that it isn't accidentally wrapped back into the threads of the plug. This will make it almost impossible to operate. Here's an example of a wrapped up plug retainer (they're supposed to extend straight out). 8)

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 8:49 am 
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I checked it, and it's actually the plastic of the hull that is shreded!

the hand pump works ok, so i'll probably stick wit hit...

thanks for advice.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 8:54 am 
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When I first got my Islands I always used the drain plugs, but after breaking a rudder pin (it wasn't the main cause) and looking at how the hull had to be held to get all the water out, I started pumping and then using a sponge for the rest. Seems to be quicker, safer (AND LIGHTER)!

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 10:43 am 
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We never use the drain's I think they could do away with them, as long as you left a hatch open for it to air. we trow a shammy sponge in the front of all the kayaks, works great!

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 8:25 am 
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when driving from 200' to over 5000' expanison in the ama. On the return trip the ama will suck in... if not vented..requiring continued use of the plugs. the reason I do not like to operate them is that continue use causes wear and possible misalingment. Once the threads are worn??What then...leakage...pumping


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