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Old 10-19-2019, 06:07 PM   #1
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Reaching plugs: Boat in a sling

Ok, as of today my boat is in a slip with a lift/sling at a marina. There is no way to reach the plugs, they are too far down and my Blue Wave has a slot transom...and the motor is in the way when trying to lean over the back.

Do I trust the bilge pumps that all water is out? ( I heard them dry run, so I know they’ve pumped out what they can). Once a month take a dive and fully empty the bilge?

If any of you have experience with this kind of thing, I’d appreciate your wisdom. I haven’t ever not drained the bilge via the plugs.
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Old 10-19-2019, 06:25 PM   #2
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Old 10-20-2019, 09:28 AM   #3
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Just wondering...can you put the boat back on its trailer; pull the plugs; put the plugs back in from the inside... re-launch the boat.

then run the boat back onto the sling; raise the hull until it is slightly above the water...pull the plugs from the inside, and step out of the boat.

It was many years ago when I kept a 20 ft. Gulf Coast bay boat on a sling. I believe that was the procedure I used back then.

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I'm not familiar with these personally, but I have seen these installed on some newer rigs

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Reaching plugs: Boat in a sling

My Shearwater is the same way I just trust my two auto bilge pumps. In reality water should never get into the hull because it’s a self bailing deck. Only way I get water in my bilge is if I forgot to put the caps back into my gunnel top mounted rod holders. However if there is a major rain event heading our way I just use a ladder to get into the water and pull the plugs out.


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Old 10-20-2019, 07:08 PM   #6
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Just use my bilge pump. Then when I do maintenance once a year pull plug. I have it tilted to the back on the slings and when I finish washing always turn bilge pump on till it empty. Been doing that for three years.


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Bunch of giant offshore boats in slings never get the plugs pulled. All bilge pump.
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Thanks guys. It’s something new, and I appreciate the info.
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Trust the bilge man, especially if you hear it running dry.
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How deep is the water at your slip? You might be able to put an extension ladder on the bottom if it isn’t too soft. You could lean it up against the transom so you can reach the plug(s)
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