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SDAhockey21
01-16-2007, 10:17 PM
has anyone ever used their drain plug as a fill drain hole for ballast.. just curious?

dmayer84
01-16-2007, 10:20 PM
If I remember right Gregg did it. This is a link to the thread where he installed a trim tab but the wire over it is for using it as an intake.

http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=4812&highlight=porpoise

Maristar210
01-16-2007, 10:20 PM
has anyone ever used their drain plug as a fill drain hole for ballast.. just curious?


No and hell no..

SDAhockey21
01-16-2007, 10:24 PM
yaaa....lol

suedv
01-16-2007, 10:54 PM
If the guys in my family decided to pull the drain plug to let some water in on purpose... I'd have them take me to the shore to get out first. :eek3: Maybe I'm a wimp or maybe I'm missing something here, but it sounds too much like a recipe for sinking and I like to stay dry.

Hoosier Bob
01-16-2007, 11:07 PM
I did once but it was purely unintentional!:o

SDAhockey21
01-16-2007, 11:16 PM
i was thinking about doing something like Gregg did here

http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/sh...light=porpoise

but on second thought no..

prostar205
01-17-2007, 02:15 AM
If you are talking about your center drain plug, then YES, I did it on my '95 PS205. Here is what I did.

I took a male-male NPT pipe that was about 3-inches long and threaded from the inside of the boat into the female threads inbedded into the hull of the boat. I then threaded a brass 90 degree ball value onto the pipe. This gave me the ability to turn the flow of water off. Next, I thread a Rule 1000 GPH bilge pump onto the ball valve. Finally, a 1" hole was connected to the bilge and feed two Fly Hi Side sacs. It worked great. I had another bilge pump for dumping the water out of the sacs.

Is that what you were inquiring about?

SDAhockey21
01-17-2007, 03:05 PM
yup but i would have to do it im my center plug because i dont have a transome plug

milkmania
01-17-2007, 03:08 PM
I don't understand the question:o


reread it 3 times too
and out loud once

SDAhockey21
01-17-2007, 03:16 PM
my question??

instead of drilling a hole in the hull for a ballast fill or drain hole...

just use the hole that already there take out the drain plug find a fiting that works and srew it in like prostar205 did

JKTX21
01-17-2007, 03:26 PM
I'm too drunk to taste this chicken.

Rich_G
01-17-2007, 03:33 PM
I did the same thing that Prostar205 did in my last boat - used the center drain plug to fill my installed ballast system. I also used a brass shutoff valve mounted to the drain. The problem is that it is just a 1" opening and there is no scoop on the bottom. On my next system I want to go with a 1.5" thru-hull with a scoop.

milkmania
01-17-2007, 05:50 PM
but, with a nipple and a valve....

isn't it going to ;eave a few inches of water in the bilge?


like this.....

http://www.hammerzone.com/archives/workshop/compressor/drain/wscdr11a.jpg


or are you talking about removing the assemble after the boating trip?

prostar205
01-17-2007, 05:54 PM
but, with a nipple and a valve....

isn't it going to ;eave a few inches of water in the bilge?


like this.....

http://www.hammerzone.com/archives/workshop/compressor/drain/wscdr11a.jpg


or are you talking about removing the assemble after the boating trip?

Like what???????

Removing the t-handle plug and replacing it with a threaded pipe, ball valve and pump still allows you to drain water out that hole by simply removing the entire assembly.

Rich_G
01-17-2007, 06:01 PM
On mine it would have been way too much trouble to remove it everytime; I just used the transom plug to drain the bilge.

I used about a 1" long threaded nipple with a 90' elbow on top. That way the valve was horizontal and just barely above the bilge floor. From that it went into a Rule pump and then a manifold.

SDAhockey21
01-17-2007, 06:19 PM
or are you talking about removing the assemble after the boating trip?


yup ;';;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

milkmania
01-17-2007, 06:23 PM
yup ;';;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

k, gotcha;)

SDAhockey21
01-17-2007, 06:25 PM
lol finally... i don't want anyhting permanent is what i should've said

Ric
01-17-2007, 06:42 PM
Do a search on the word submarine on this site. It's a long story by a guy who disappeared but in one way or another, he added ballast in an unconventional way :rolleyes: