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    OK- stupid question(s) on drain plugs

    Ok, this is probably a dumb question but I find a little healthy paranoia keeps things running smoother- as opposed to me just wingin' it!

    After trailering the ski during my last trip out to the lake, I attempted to unscrew the drain plugs but was unpleasantly surprised when the starboard plug came completely out of the ski. The little plastic retainer had broken off inside the ski. Don't ask me how... I have no idea. The plug will probably still work but because I know it is flawed I have to fix it.

    So, my question is this. Can I just buy a new plug and slip the retainer through the threaded hole and all will be fine? Or do I need to find the small, broken-off retainer piece that must be sitting inside the hull somewhere?

    Also, does anybody have experience with the Duckbill Drain plugs? Apparently these allow the ski to drain water as the ski accelerates on the water. Seems a little dicey to me- especially if it fails to work at some point. But I was curious about them given my need to replace a drain plug (or both) anyway.

    Thanks!


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    You can buy the part from kawasaki and they are not as expensive as you think. Personally i would go with the duck bill or versi plug that works similarly. I beleiev the duck bill comes with a new fitting to fit to the hull..

    some say that the duck bill can be a problem if you get something stuck in it and the rubber has a limited lifespan also and can crack..

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    considering the consequnces...

    I'd replace the stock drain plugs. There are a surprsing number of skis that go down around here due to folks simply forgetting to put the plugs back in. I sell a surprsingly large number of replacement plugs also. Had a ski this week that had a couple of wine bottle corks jammed in the drain plugs.

    Plugs are an expensable item, they are constantly exposed to the hull environment and the plastic just doesn't hold up. I coat the back ends of mine with marine grease.

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    Last year I purchased my first ski and it came with a duck bill. I had no idea what this was, everything was new to me. About the 2nd or 3rd trip out with the ski, it started sinking. Another skier came over to give me a hand and the inside of the hull kept filling with water and we could not see where it was coming from. Ended up there was a small stone that got stuck inside the duck bill and held the sleeve open. I removed the sleeve and went to the marina and got a standard boat plug to fit the hole. I have been using that since with no problems. The only draw back is that it is easy to misplace or loose.

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    http://www.pwcdoctor.net/VERSIPLUG.html

    Agree with Yankee about duck bills but also dont agree with sticking drain plugs in, think you can pick up the versiplugs cheaper than duck bills.

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    I bought a versaplug for one of my old 750 SS XI's thinking the same as the rest, but while the ski was on the for a couple of days a spider decided the hole was a great place to build a web and made it so the little ball would not move like it should. It is a good product but nothing is for sure, just give them a good look over once in a while.

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    Duck bill Drains work great i installed one a month ago and i am very pleased with it.

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    used my new versaplgs on my ultra150 this weekend. my ultra has a leak that im currently trying to fix and the versaplugs kept it bone dry in there as long as i kept movin haha. they are worth the cash.

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    my 04 rxp stock plugs have the little balls in it, isnt that the same thing as the versaplugs, like if i just left my plug open doesnt it work the same

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    I'd rather be jet skiing Saltwater n Premix's Avatar
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    Cool

    Funny I see this thread, I just ordered a set of versi-plugs yesterday, I always make it half way out the no wake zone, turn around and book it for the shore to jump off and see that I already had my plugs in. If I like em I'll sell them to my friends and get a set of the versiplug-R's. And I always liked how my standup had the scupper (that actually worked great) and bailed itself out ill let u know how I like em.

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