drain plugs

GP14 Sailing Forums Forum drain plugs

This topic contains 6 replies, has 4 voices, and was last updated by  royhldn 4 days, 1 hour ago.

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  • #18907

    royhldn
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    My GP 14 with wooden hull has two holes in the transom for drainage.  Previous owner used rubber plugs of varying sizes to fill the holes.  I would prefer a more secure arrangement anyone have any suggestions and pictures ?  Thanks

  • #18908

    norman
    Participant

    Hello Roy, You should have no difficulty finding appropriate fittings in most dinghy chandlers’ catalogues,  The only thing to check is that the existing holes are not already oversize (a bit unlikely) in which case you might need to do some filling.

    Regards, Norman

  • #18909

    royhldn
    Participant

    Thanks Norman I’ll take some measurements and see what I can find

  • #18933

    Chris Hearn
    Keymaster

    Hi Roy,

    As suggested, chandlers stock a range of drain plugs, e.g. Allen here https://www.allenbrothers.co.uk/range/?pid=cjlf6lozp0064d1v40ojuqeke&cid=cjlf6kjph0007c3v42i35ov4t

  • #18964

    Chris
    Participant

    If we are talking about a wooden mk1 boat I would be wary about installing screw bungs or even socketed plastic bungs. The bottom of the transom is a notorious rot spot and the holes drilled into the bottom that accept corks or rubber bungs will remove water almost down to the last drop. If you install a screw bung you will move the bottom of the hole up several milimeters and will trap a surprising amount of water on top of this vulnerable area. The push in plastic ones are better but it’ll still trap more water than leaving as is.

    Tight fitting corks in my experience are fine 🙂 I can count on one hand the times ive had one come out in 20 years of dinghy racing

  • #18965

    Chris Hearn
    Keymaster

    Yes, Chris (the other Chris!) makes a very fair point – even on MK2 wooden boats around the 13000 number I have seen rot around the bottom of the transom, as you mentioned 🙂

  • #18970

    royhldn
    Participant

    thanks for all your comments.   The drain holes has signs of previous repair probably due to standing water.  So I’m sure I can find something better than rubber stopper.

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