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Forgot the plug. 21 Sep 2016 03:22 #26

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Oh....well I was just kiddin too then....

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Forgot the plug. 21 Sep 2016 08:05 #27

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Call me lucky or just on top of things but I have never forgotten to put in the plug. My last boat a 1999 3055 Ciera did not have a plug and my current boat a 1981 Carver does not have one either. I don't have to worry about forgetting the plug.

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Forgot the plug. 06 Oct 2017 12:33 #28

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I think the drain plug should be redesigned to be about the size of a man hole cover so when you forget to put it in you will know right away. Not when you are half way across the lake and water is lapping at your ankles.

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Forgot the plug. 06 Oct 2017 13:48 #29

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Reminds me of an incident years ago. My neighbor got a boat and for months tried to get his wife to go with him in it. Finally she relented. They took the boat to the local ramp, launched and while he is parking the truck she starts yelling that the boat is sinking. She never would go near the boat again.

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Forgot the plug. 06 Oct 2017 15:05 #30

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I put my plug in a ziplock bag and zip tie it to my winch handle. My habit is to put it in before leaving the house. But if I forget, there it is on the winch handle when I go to put in. So far never have missed it at the house, but always a fist time. Safe boating. K

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Forgot the plug. 06 Oct 2017 15:51 #31

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Forgot the plug. 06 Oct 2017 18:11 #32

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Koppers Kove wrote: I put my plug in a ziplock bag and zip tie it to my winch handle. My habit is to put it in before leaving the house. But if I forget, there it is on the winch handle when I go to put in. So far never have missed it at the house, but always a fist time. Safe boating. K


Similar to you, I put the plugs AND the keys in the ziplock bag and tape the bag to the trailer hitch. Can't attach the boat to the tow vehicle without seeing the plugs.

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Forgot the plug. 06 Oct 2017 19:54 #33

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I'm the first to admit that I'm not perfect by any means, but I cannot get over how many forget to put the plug in.....I guess it is burned into my brain that that is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING when launching the boat. Lower unit up, start her before going into the water on the hose to be sure...maybe just me, but I think I'll run of gas long before I forget to put the plug in....just my $.02

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Forgot the plug. 06 Oct 2017 20:00 #34

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The LAST time I forgot was on a Sea Ray jet boat.
Launched for the first time. Wife asks if I put in the plug. I gave her the stink eye and said yes I put in the plug.
We were out in Lake Superior. Everything fine. Until I stopped for a bit. It was a bit sluggish getting on plane. OK after a while.
Put it on the trailer and it had water running out. A lot of water.
Seems it had TWO plugs and I didn't see the other one.
I guess I forgot to mention it to the wife. :)
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Forgot the plug. 06 Oct 2017 20:02 #35

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Thankfully haven't forgotten the plug yet, but I will confess in my being a boating newbie I have consistently forgotten to run the blower before starting the engine.

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Forgot the plug. 06 Oct 2017 21:44 #36

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Tie the plug to the steering wheel.
I forgot the plug once, all I did was take off fast, let it drain, then hurry and replace the plug!

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Forgot the plug. 07 Oct 2017 01:59 #37

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Someone on BOC suggested this, and I'm thrilled he did.

I have 2 complete sets of keys for the boat, and each set has one of these, a Shoreline Marine Drain Plug Wrench. It even has a wrench on the end for removing it.

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Forgot the plug. 07 Oct 2017 15:23 #38

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I have helped many friends start boating and always gave them the same speech before launching!
#1 PLUG!
#2 TURN ON BLOWER!
#3 KEYS IN SWICH!
#4 TIEDOWNS!
#5 LAUNCH AND HAVE FUN!

Then what do I do a few years ago?
You guessed it, I forgot the damb PLUG!!!!
S happens to the best of us!
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Forgot the plug. 08 Oct 2017 08:31 #39

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Between the boat plug, tie downs, raising/lowering the drive leg, turning on the blower, raising/lowering the antenna, spending half the day boating before I remember to raise the fenders, forgetting to remove the fishing poles from the rocket launcher-style holders on the flybridge before I drive home, turning off the battery switch before the boat goes into storage, turning the GPS track for the day on/off, and recording engine hours for the day, there's just too much for me to remember. So I created a bunch of checklists on my phone that I use to make sure I didn't forget anything.

  • hooking up the boat trailer
  • prepping the boat before I leave the house
  • launching the boat and leaving dock
  • returning to the dock and retrieving the boat
  • prepping the boat before it goes back into storage

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Forgot the plug. 08 Oct 2017 11:38 #40

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We all do stupid stuff, mostly when we think we're at our most proficient. Left the plug out of a johnboat once but noticed before launching was complete, so no big deal.

This morning, think I made a big mistake with my home generator transfer switch which, truth be told, was already malfunctioning. But now it will never function again and I'm off the grid until I can get a new one or get a temporary hardwire. I'm not gonna jinx the fix by divulging more right now but will post later.

People who say they never do stupid stuff are the really stupid ones. Checklists are great but the weak link in using them is still us, the humans. I have checklists too, but my brain sometimes misreads them. So does...or will...yours.

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Forgot the plug. 08 Oct 2017 11:42 #41

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Over the years, with many different boats, I will admit to forgetting to install the drain plug. Most embarrassing especially at the launch! Chuckles and smirks from onlookers...HA! Now I check before I leave home.

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