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High and Dry Procedure

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I’m storing my boat at a high and dry marina and am working on my pre and post check lists. One of the items I’m concerned about are the plugs. Should I leave the drain and clean-out plugs in or take them out? I’ve requested that the staff remove the clean outs but it seems hit or miss on whether they actually do it or not. Most of the time it’ll be immediately pulled out of the water by the fork lift, but if I get back after hours or want to leave super early it’ll stay tied up to the dock overnight. When they drop it off/pull it out they usually do it by hand so the engines won’t be on, but I’m not certain that’ll be the case 100% of the time. Worst case they’ll try to boat it to another slip.

Would these conditions be ok to let the boat sit with the drain plugs and clean out ports open or not?
 

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As long as they aren't running the engines, you should be OK to remove the clean-out plugs.

The general thought with the drain plugs is you want them removed once the boat is out of the water so any water can drain lower and eventually out the bilge drain. Does the marina remove that plug once the boat is out of the water or do they leave it in? Does the marina turn off your batteries too? if that's the case, maybe you can ask them to remove drain plugs?

I'd also think if the boat isn't sitting too long in the water, you could also remove them as well.
 

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As long as they aren't running the engines, you should be OK to remove the clean-out plugs.

The general thought with the drain plugs is you want them removed once the boat is out of the water so any water can drain lower and eventually out the bilge drain. Does the marina remove that plug once the boat is out of the water or do they leave it in? Does the marina turn off your batteries too? if that's the case, maybe you can ask them to remove drain plugs?

I'd also think if the boat isn't sitting too long in the water, you could also remove them as well.
Thanks. They don’t remove any plugs, and my transom plug is actually a square brass plug, so not easily removable if that’s the one you’re talking about. I’d eventually like to replace it with one of the stainless ones where the plug is attached. But my biggest fear is them dropping it back in the water without popping that one back in. They switch off the batteries so there wouldn’t even be a bilge.
 

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you need to confirm what the marina procedures are for sure,

If they hand pull the boat to and from the fork lift then I say remove your cleanout plugs when you dock,

If they need to drive the boat you will have to leave the cleanout plugs in for them to have any thrust to direct the boat, You may clip a laminated instruction sheet to the wheel or windshield about pulling the plugs as I wouldn't think the same workers would be doing it every time and probably aren't familiar with plugs,


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you need to confirm what the marina procedures are for sure,

If they hand pull the boat to and from the fork lift then I say remove your cleanout plugs when you dock,

If they need to drive the boat you will have to leave the cleanout plugs in for them to have any thrust to direct the boat, You may clip a laminated instruction sheet to the wheel or windshield about pulling the plugs as I wouldn't think the same workers would be doing it every time and probably aren't familiar with plugs,


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Their official “to-do’s” are turn off the battery switch and pressure wash the hull. Everything else is by request, which so far seems to be hit or miss.
 

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Are the boats kept fully indoors? a plug under the rain is a recipe for a flooded boat.
 

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That explains their lack of concern with the plugs!

If the roof caved in, it would be nice if the drain plug was off..otherwise in your situation I don't think it matters.

I would remove the clean out plug after tying up if they don't run the boat. The least they touch the boat the better in my opinion.
 

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That explains their lack of concern with the plugs!

If the roof caved in, it would be nice if the drain plug was off..otherwise in your situation I don't think it matters.

I would remove the clean out plug after tying up if they don't run the boat. The least they touch the boat the better in my opinion.
Gotcha, thanks. And I assume just leave the transom plug in full time then?
 

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I keep my boat high and dry. I have never had the marina start the boat except the flush the motors they normally don’t like to run your boat in the water in case of a problem. They move it over to the forklift by rope. They always pull the plug as soon as they remove the boat from the water, they always put the plug back in before they drop it in the water. I am in salt water are you in fresh? I did not see you location. Every salt water marina that I know if does this. I am talking about the bilge plugs not the clean out plugs. I normally pull my clean out plugs when I shut off the boat It can sit over for the morning pull out with them pulled with no problem. If I’m down for a week or less I just leave the boat in the water the whole time.
 

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I keep my boat high and dry. I have never had the marina start the boat except the flush the motors they normally don’t like to run your boat in the water in case of a problem. They move it over to the forklift by rope. They always pull the plug as soon as they remove the boat from the water, they always put the plug back in before they drop it in the water. I am in salt water are you in fresh? I did not see you location. Every salt water marina that I know if does this. I am talking about the bilge plugs not the clean out plugs. I normally pull my clean out plugs when I shut off the boat It can sit over for the morning pull out with them pulled with no problem. If I’m down for a week or less I just leave the boat in the water the whole time.
Interesting, thanks for the input. My transom plug is the brass square head, so not the quickest tool free removal. I’m thinking if I switch it to something like this (Amazon.com : Amarine Made Oval Garboard Drain Plug Stainless Steel Boat Fits 1'' Hole, Thread for 3/4'' (1) : Sports & Outdoors) it’ll be a little easier. I’m storing it in Ruskin, FL (south of Tampa) - full time salt boat.
 
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