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Old 03-12-2012, 11:41 AM
REW REW is offline
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Out of curiosity - if you have the boat on the trailer in your driveway and remove the plug from your boat, can you insert a rod for several feet into the bilge of your boat?

The other thing that I wonder, are you removing the drain plug from your boat, or are you removing a different plug from your boat?

Just curious.

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Old 03-12-2012, 07:17 PM
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Rangers walk on water,just ask any one who owns one.
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:47 PM
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:14 PM
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Triton 215 does the same thing as a ranger. 6 hours with no plug, runnin and gunnin to spots , sittin and fishin. Bilge came on about every 45 mins. The only reason i knew what it was is because when i test drove the boat the guy sellin it said he had checked the plug and it wasn't in. found out 3 hours later when we loaded it. Now my 2025 prov that i forgot the plug in one time, i couldn't hardly load it fast enough it was taking on water FAST! finally remebered there was another plug at the transom, just had to remove access cover in front of motor and plugged from the inside.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:35 PM
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Same with my Lund 186GL vs my last aluminum Lund, the gl has the same plug as ranger, they don't fill up due to the retainer on the plug, the water pressure pushes the plug into the hole. The first time I forgot on the gl I was nervous, but when I checked the bilge it just had a bit in it and the water was trickling in. Imhad it beached so i could put thenplug in about two miles from the dock. The Mr Pike would have had water over the floor by the time you park the truck, and the bilge would have been running with the auto pump.
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:08 AM
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Something about this story just doesn't hold water...
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:43 AM
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Maybe it's got a drain plug inserted from the inside of the transom, and you've been putting the extra drain plug in one of the livewell ports? C'mon, 5 hours and no noticable water, or the auto bilge pump not shooting a stream out the side??
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Old 03-13-2012, 02:14 PM
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Default 1 more reason to own a Ranger!!

Yet another reason my next boat will be a Ranger!!

Lat year while waiting to land my boat I watched a couple of guys with an unnamed late model aluminum boat forget to put the plug in when they launched, the one guy was parking the truck and the other guy was backing out into the lake waiting for the guy driving the truck to return, all of a sudden he must have realized that he forgot to put the plug in and slammed the boat in forward and hit the throttle and ran it right up onto the concrete landing ramps, jumped into the water, which was in May and around 50 degrees, and fumbled around until he got the plug in!! The noise the aluminum on the cement made was like finger nails on a chalk board!! If I didn't love to fish so much a lawn chair and a 12 pack at the boat ramp on opener would be pretty entertaining!!
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:23 PM
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the plug suspending in the hole really happens with the screw in type... i launched my parents stratos 375xf for them on time, drove it to the dock, tied up and jumped out. about 20min later my worry wort grandma asks "did you put the plug in?" "YES GRANDM... OH SHI%!" i thought for sure the water was to the rub-rails and the boat was hanging from the dock by the ropes. but when i got there it wasnt... so i reached down to put the plug in and there it was, loose but sitting right in the drain hole. there was water but not enough to turn on the auto bilge... so it happens!

by the way... the only reason one buys aluminum is so they can crash their boat up and not affect the looks!
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:07 AM
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The first time I took the wife fishing in our new Reata, I forgot to put the plug in. We fished three, four hours. When I pulled out there was a lady standing on the ramp beside us and she just smiled and said; I bet you won't do that again. I can't believe that boat didn't sink. It was dang sure FULL of water. I did notice it sat real low in the water and it acted strange trying to get on plane.
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