Plugmaster Plugs

When we purchased ‘Imi Loa last March her previous owner, Terry, turned her over to us lock, stock, and barrel. Though Terry wasn’t a bachelor, we got the feeling he had used the boat as his “bachelor pad away from home”. There was little evidence of a female presence and there were lots and lots of plastic and paper dishes, a variety of novelty bottle openers, a not-quite-empty bottle of rum, a random camping chair, an ancient bicycle pump, and lost of miscellaneous trash. We tossed out a lot of stuff but tucked in among the junk were some useful items. Things like replacement seals for our portlights, a bosun’s chair, a sea anchor/parachute, several safety harnesses, a wind scoop, etc…  But the real jem was a set of Plugmaster wooden plugs.



Though I was a boating novice, I had fortunately read enough books about sailing and cruising to realize the value of these wooden plugs, otherwise they may have gone the way of the bicycle pump and camping chair. Now some of you (non-boating, non-boat book reading) readers may be wondering what use I have for these wooden plugs. Well (according the to people who write about such matters) every boat should have a set of wooden plugs to hammer into a thru-hull in case of a seacock failure. In case any of you are wondering what a thru-hull or seacock is I found a nice drawing to help clarify the matter.


The thru-hull lets water in or out of the boat. The seacock prevents water from flooding the boat in case the hose fails.


Since many thru-hulls are below the waterline the boat could easily sink if both the hose and the seacock were to fail, which is where the wooden plugs come in. For such an important item you don’t want just any old wooden plugs so I was thrilled to see our plugs came with a warranty. But then I read the fine print…


Pretty much they warrantee the wood plugs are wood plugs but nothing else...


Oh well, at least they were free 🙂


3 thoughts on “Plugmaster Plugs

  1. Hi guys. Just found your blog by following the link from a comment you made on our blog. I’ve added it to my daily (or at least whenever we have internet access) reading list.

    On Siempre Sabado, the engine cooling water sea cock was frozen in the partially open position when we bought her. I actually sed one of those wooden plugs to plug the thru-hull after I removed the old seacock. I was thus able to replace the seacock with te boat in the water and with only a minimal amount of salt water getting in. Not sure if I wasclever or crazy to do that.


    • Replacing a seacock in the water is impressive. Clever or crazy? I’d say probably a bit of both 😉 That is actually very cool and seems quite cruiserish (cruiseresque?) to me. I’m all for being self sufficient and frugal so being able to take care of such an important job without relying on a yard to haul you out is awesome. I’ll need to remember that trick!

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