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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:03 pm 
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Are the 4 screw-in plugs under the seat of the PA-14 supposed to stay screwed in while out on the water?...Are they drain plugs for use when the PA comes out of the water, or for use like scuppers when in the water? In other words...If I took the PA out in the ocean without the plugs screwed in, would water come up through the holes into the area under the seat, or would they act like scuppers and drain any water that came over the side and into the seat area?

I ask because recently while caught out on the Chesapeake Bay-Virginia, in high winds with +2ft. waves because of a faulty weather report, much water came in over the bow and sides of my PA. It performed well given those conditions, except that about 2 " of water collected in the area below the seat and in the connecting side compartments. The front end of the PA drained quickly because of the scuppers, and the interior hull stayed fairly dry (maybe a cup or two max. of water) considering the beating the PA and I took over a 2 hour span, but even though I was completely soaked and lost my radio, it was great fun with that unexpected test of my PA. Oh...And BTW...I got a chance to finally use the paddle for something other than pushing off pilings. The paddle really helped with keeping the PA turned into the wind to avoid being turtled :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:13 pm 
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I don't use the plugs anymore. I'm 285 lbs and no water comes through. Hope this helps!


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:15 pm 
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Same here. I just took them out. Im at 275. Never had any water come through but it works draining the water over that comes over the sides.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:59 pm 
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I always leave mine open. Rarely does any water come in from below, but anything that might splash or rain in from above is thus free to exit from whence it came.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 4:56 pm 
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Took mine out completely. There is no differance with or with out.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 6:14 pm 
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The 12 has no plugs.... just open scuppers. So, apparently they are supposed to be out on the 14?


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:05 am 
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I launch 99 % of the time in fairly rough surf and if I didn't have those plugs out my cockpit wouldn't drain as quickly.

Plus, I just wouldn't want water being held under my seat, while I am one the water.

I have my plugs in the 6" container in my tank well.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:28 am 
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Thanks everyone for the feedback. The next time I venture out in my PA, I'll be sure to try leaving out the 4 plugs. Hopefully though, I won't be exposed to the same weather conditions so I'll be able to spend more time fishing than trying to stay afloat :lol:


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