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Old 07-20-2016, 04:02 PM   #41
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I have a Whaler 110 Sport. It's 11'2" and has a Mercury 25 hp 4-stroke. One night a couple of weeks ago we had a real downpour of rain. The Whaler was in the water behind our boat at a mooring. In the morning the stern of the Whaler was about 3 inches from the surface of the water. I had to pump it out from my swim platform since stepping into it would have put the transom under water.

I never knew that I could leave the drain plug out and that the water would drain. In fact, this was so counter intuitive to me that I just called Whaler to check it out. They said to leave the drain plug out. I feel so stupid but happy that the collective brains on this forum teach me something new every day or so. Thanks to all.
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Old 07-20-2016, 04:49 PM   #42
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I have read many times on this forum that running only one engine on a twin engine boat can be a problem with some transmissions as the transmission gears are turned by the free wheeling prop, but there is no lubrication or cooling.

Could that be a problem with a free wheeling dinghy motor prop?
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Old 07-20-2016, 04:50 PM   #43
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George. Nice picture of Cape Lookout. When towing a Whaler (probably applies to any inflatable too) you can take the drain plug out and any accumulated spray will drain out. What many people who own whalers may not realize, is that if your whaler is in a slip and there is a heavy rainstorm approaching, pull the plug. After the rain there will be less water in the boat than if you had not pulled the plug. One fall in FL a tropical storm approached. I was away on a business trip. My wife was worried about the 15 foot whaler and wanted to get the trailer and drive to the county ramp to haul it. I told her to just pull the plug and leave it alone. the storm dumped 5 inches of rain I came back home 3 days later there was less than an inch of water in the boat.
Mine has two plugs: one right on the floor under the helm seat, and one traditional transom drain plug. I kept the boat in the water a lot, tied off to the swim platform, and the mid-ship plug is indeed very handy. Works well when washing the boat as well as for rain. Once when I had to tow it some distance in poor conditions in open water, I did remove the transom plug out of caution. The helm plug is not designed to be removed when underway, but you can drain the boat at speed with the transom plug out did that a couple times when we took some water over the bow (had to be nimble!). The transom plug does not work well with the boat at rest.
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Old 07-20-2016, 05:39 PM   #44
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Those whalers aren't dinghies! They are auxiliary boats.
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Old 07-20-2016, 06:19 PM   #45
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My inflatable has a central ss lifting handle which lends itself to accepting a towline, and also ss fittings either side of the bow tubes. Manual says to tow only on the side fittings.
I made up a bridle with 2 snap shackles,with a ss ring at the midpoint, ie. the centre of the bridle, to which the single tow line to the boat clips on. It tows well, but for any great distance the inflatable comes onboard.
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Old 07-20-2016, 06:28 PM   #46
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Those whalers aren't dinghies! They are auxiliary boats.
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Old 07-20-2016, 06:35 PM   #47
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Tell that to my wife


...With regards to a whaler not being a dink
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Old 07-20-2016, 07:09 PM   #48
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I towed. 24' Nautica with a 250 Yamaha from FL to Costa Rica via the Panama Canal and back. Towed just fine.

But I did not, nor would I, tow it off the original factory bow eye. It had 2 specific tow points low on the bow.

Damn! That's a lot of towing!

Why such a huge outboard? Are they super heavy? Or maybe you just like to fly!
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Old 07-21-2016, 05:30 AM   #49
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"but there is no lubrication or cooling.

Could that be a problem with a free wheeling dinghy motor prop?"

Most outboard lower units are filled with grease .
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Old 07-21-2016, 02:53 PM   #50
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"but there is no lubrication or cooling.

Could that be a problem with a free wheeling dinghy motor prop?"

Most outboard lower units are filled with grease .
In addition to the lubrication Fred mentioned, if the prop is free wheeling, the gear case is in the water so it is being cooled, and there is no thru-prop exhaust to heat things up with the motor shut down.

I have never heard of anyone having a problem with this.
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Old 07-21-2016, 03:09 PM   #51
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As someone said early on in this thread, you should check your insurance policy. Our policy covers our dinghy except loss is not covered when we tow it.
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