LEARN MORE ABOUT BOAT DRAIN PLUGS AND HOW THEY WORK
Boat drain plugs are a vital component of any good watercraft. But at Boat & RV, we get that it can be overwhelming at times trying to understand and obtain everything you need to make your boat run right. Get the best performance when you choose boat plugs from one of the most trusted names in marine products. Check out our Information Center for helpful guides and tips or continue reading to learn more about marine drain plugs available from Boat & RV. While we can't personally work on your boat for you, we can do the next best thing: Provide you with the very best products and customer service to help you maintain and repair your boat with ease.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF WATER COLLECTION IN A BOAT'S BILGE?
Water that does not drain through a thru-hull or off the side of a deck often collects in a boat's bilge. The most common causes of water collection are leaks in the hull or stuffing box, melting ice, rough seas, wave sprays and other interior spillages. It is extremely important for the water that collects in the bilge to be pumped out. If ignored, the bilge can become too full and result in the ship possibly sinking.
WHAT IS A BOAT DRAIN PLUG?
Put simply, a boat drain plug is a plug that is typically located at the bottom of a boat's transom. When removed, water is able to drain out and when replaced, water is prevented from coming back in. Before each boat launch, you need to drain the water from your boat and replace the plug before you leave land. Boat plugs are inexpensive but can be extremely easy to lose. Because of this, it's smart to have a few extra on hand just in case.
DOES EVERY BOAT HAVE A MARINE DRAIN PLUG?
The short answer? No. Boats that have a bilge pump typically don't have to have a drain plug. But the bilge pump only helps to drain most of the water — not an ideal option for boats that are stored during the winter. Boats that aren't self-bailing or don't have a bilge pump, have to have a drain plug. This allows all the water to drain. Most boats will have one of these two options.