I used to have a 22.5 cuddy cabin starcraft ,it was a aluminum boat.
I forgot the drain plug,needless to say I wondered why the bilg had been pumpin that long and noticed the water was awful high on the out side of the boat ,about that time I looked at the backseat and there was water about a inch deep in the back
ops: ,I undo the engine cover and the water is half way up the inboard :shock:
Knowing there no chance of finding and puting the plug back in under 3 foot of water ,I fire it up and hit the throttle :lol: the boat would only muster about 5 mph and planeing out was not gunna happen.After about 10 minuts the boat finally lifted the front and tried to plane,after about 3 mins at the nose up attitude it finally planed off at about 20 mph,by this time ,luckilt,the water was only about 8 inches deep in the bilg and I sent my buddie in after the plug.Unbelievably he found it and got it back in after about 5 mins of digging.
That was the scariest thing looking at the back of the boat and seeing water on the floor which is about 2 foot above the hull :lol:
Then opening the engine compartment and thinkin the engine is never gunna start in these conditions,but it did and we made it.
Needless to say the plug was number 1,2,3,4, and 5 on the list to check,nothing was on my mind untill the plug was 100 percent in the hole and secured,I also mounted the plug on a chain so it could be found in 3 feet of water in the hull if need be. :lol: