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    How reliable are these one way flapper valve type bilge drain valves. It seems like a piece of debris might get cought in it causing it to leak. Any experiances positive or negative?
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    they are more of a vdrive thing, they look good and always keep your bilge empty. But my dads buddy had them in his vdrive and said they were a hassle, always replacing the rubber flapper. i think they are pretty cool and would give them a shot
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    Gotta be careful forsure. A buddy of mine got a zip tie end stuck in one and almost came back to a boat on the bottom
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    Pine needle will sink it too. Make sure your auto bilge works.
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    One of the guys in our group has them in the outer sponsons of his tunnel hull. They work pretty well but when he parks it with the ass toward the shore the under tow from waves hitting the shore fills the boat. He can stay all day and not sink the boat but it does let a fair amount of water in through the day.

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    they work bitchen!! I think the key is to not over tighten them, then they dont seal. Yes anything small stuck in them will cause a "leak", I have just gotten into the habit of just checking them when I get out. They wont open once your stopped. Ill even leave the boat on the anchor over night w/ out a worry. Auto bilge should be a no brainer lol
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    If you operate in clean water they are OK. If you operate where the water is sandy, they do not always seal. Many times if you look inside and they are dripping, a finger run around the outside edge of the rubber flap, it will seal up. My experience wasn't the best and I didn't trust them.

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    Always had a worry and a problem with them. I put plugs in mine and forgot about em. Too much hassell.
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    I replaced all three of them in my boat.
    They always leaked.

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