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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:35 pm 
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After learning the hard way that the drain plugs are important :x , I have a plan so that this will never happen to me again.

I'm going to clip this "remove before flight" tab onto the mast somewhere when I pull the drain plugs out. Then when I'm ready to sail, I put the drain plugs in and remove the "remove before flight" tab.
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Now I will never forget my plugs :D !

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 7:29 am 
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I bought digital automatic drain plugs, since then no more problems.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:03 am 
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Where do you get those? I just did some quick googling and found that the hobie plug is 3/8"-16. Couldn't find any auto drain plugs with that thread size.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:08 pm 
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I sail with a guy that's a helicopter pilot, he has those all over his boat. What ever works for you. I bet now that you've forgotten them once, you won't do it again.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:25 am 
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It was a stupid joke, sorry for wasting your time, you were googling something that does not exist. How do you make a digital drain plug?

I once made the mistake you made, I think we have all done it at least once, most people twice, and some thrice. Also my plugs can dangle once there unscrewed and I find they fall out on the highway if left dangling. Then you got no plugs when you get to the beach. I always stow them very safely.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:16 am 
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Pull the plug, drain the water, and then screw the plug back in. Don't leave them out otherwise you will inevitibly lose or forget them.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:23 am 
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jmecky wrote:
It was a stupid joke, sorry for wasting your time, you were googling something that does not exist. How do you make a digital drain plug?


I thought you were talking about some sort of self-bailing plug like they use on Sunfish sailboats. It uses a ball on the inside that allows water to flow out but not in. In theory its a good idea, but doesn't work that well in practice.

After my mistake on Saturday, I don't think I'll forget the plugs for a while.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:56 am 
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jmecky wrote:
How do you make a digital drain plug?


Isn't that when you stick your finger (digit) in the drain hole?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 6:11 am 
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Make it Step 1. Put the drain plugs in first before you do anything else. Don't get distracted....make it a habit.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:43 am 
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I have rear port holes. So I just sponge out the water and don't remove the plugs.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 6:21 pm 
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sunvista wrote:
Make it Step 1. Put the drain plugs in first before you do anything else. Don't get distracted....make it a habit.



This! Works every time.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:29 pm 
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One of those flags was on my boat when I bought. The original owner said his buddy flew Stealth bombers and took it from one of the covers that went over an engine somewhere on the bomber. His story, not mine.

I sometimes install my drain plugs when I am putting the sails in the tube before I leave the house. I once sailed 3 1/2 miles without a drain plug in the lee hull. Took a while to figure out why waves were washing over the hull while sailing.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:31 pm 
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Ya I work in the aviation industry and a lot of people have them on keychains and such. Just got one in the mail and I'll go clip it on my boat somewhere tomorrow.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 11:36 am 
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The hulls are (hopefully) sealed pretty tight. Changes in temperature could cause pressure changes that could cause damage. I've heard warnings that using a vacuum cleaner to apply pressure to bubble check for leaks can cause damage. I'll bet sitting in the FL sun would build up a whole lot more pressure than that.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:46 pm 
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Thats a good point. It probably is good to leave my plugs open until I'm ready to sail. Just have to remember to put them in. :shock:

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