I wouldn’t get rid of it. It’s good to have when the boat’s out, it doesn’t take long to get much water down there with the canvas off.
I can't access my original drain plug, thanks to a previous owner putting new tanks above it. I'm actually thinking about adding a new one as we are out of the water 6 months a year.
Ive already got a solid state float switch that goes all the way into the hollow concave portion of the keel to help keep the bilge dry so that shouldn't be an issue.
I have never heard of a drain plug failure resulting in a boat sinking, unless it was failure to put it back in before launching. I have heard of plenty of boats filling up with rain water while stored on the hard due to battery failure. Just an opinion, but my thought would be "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." We have enough projects to keep us busy without creating new ones.
I would say then unless you can easily find another plug to fit, glass it over. Later if you spend an extended time out if water, drill and install a new plug.
Jeremy Goldstein said:
Actually Part of the reason Im considering glassing it in is that the casting that my drain plug screws into was cracked and also was missing two of the little spikes that pierce the bottom of the hull that keep it from spinning were broke off.
It appears that this particular casting may have been special to Chris craft as it is a different OD than most other common garboard drain assys. I've ever seen.
So if I maintain a drain plug I either need to find another identical casting or glass in the hole then re-drill it for the od of a new assy.
If you are going to winter store outside, shrink wrapped, I would leave the plug in and remove the plug for winter. Just another way of getting some fresh air into the bilge when the wind blows from the right direction.
I glassed mine over. Was leaking and I never had a use for it.
If you bed it with 5200 it should never leak or move at all on you. Also it isn't in a place where it could ever get accidentally broken off...I would leave it so you have the option if you ever need to use it in the future. just my 2 cents...