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Old 01-17-2007, 03:16 PM
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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
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Old 01-17-2007, 03:26 PM
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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.
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but, with a nipple and a valve....

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


like this.....




or are you talking about removing the assemble after the boating trip?
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Old 01-17-2007, 05:54 PM
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but, with a nipple and a valve....

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


like this.....




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

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Old 01-17-2007, 06:23 PM
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Old 01-17-2007, 06:25 PM
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lol finally... i don't want anyhting permanent is what i should've said
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Old 01-17-2007, 06:42 PM
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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
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