Rowboat Floating Boat Drain
Category: Boats, rowboats, storage, drain
Problem: The older aluminum 12″ rowboat I bought did not have a drain plug in the transom. I installed one so I could remove the plug so the rainwater would drain when the rowboat was up on the beach. Sometimes I would forget to put the drain plug in and the boat would start to take on water.
Action: I installed a garden hose quick disconnect on the outside of the drain hole and used a hose quick disconnect attached to about a 2 foot length of hose with a float at the end. This permitted me to have the boat on the beach – the water could run out, but when I put the boat in the water, the end of the hose always floated higher than the water. I then had the option to put the float in the back of the boat laying it over the transom of the boat, or if I remembered, I could always plug the drain hole and take the disconnect off, bringing the drain hose inside the boat.
Result: It works great! I have not worried about putting the boat in the water without the drain plug being in place.
Additional Thoughts: There are drain plugs with a ball stop to prevent water from flowing back in. I have not had good luck with them because of sand or other debris keeping them open. Also many of them have a plug to be screwed in from the outside. Very awkward when the boat is in the water.
When idea was conceived: 9/29/14
How much time it took to develop: 2 hours
How much money it took to develop: $2.50 for quick disconnect; the rest was scrap I had lying around.
Current status: Sold the boat.
Since it was originally done:
For a simpler solution for those who remember – Amazon: H2o Kayaks Canoe Small Boat Drain Plug With Screws & Gasket