May 29, 2017

Polymer Drain PlugsA U.S. supplier of marine parts has found considerable demand for Vesconite T-handle and flatter stern screw-in drain plugs for a particular brand of wake surfing boats built between 2006 and 2014.

The original drain plugs were made of brass and also had a brass base. They were found to corrode due to galvanic corrosion, a process through which one metal corrodes preferentially when two metals are in contact with each other. They were also found to be hard to remove and required greasing of the thread, which is not ideal due to environmental concerns about lubrication in a marine environment.

Users have now looked elsewhere. Brass, stainless steel and aluminium are all available. Different sizes and shapes are also obtainable, particularly among the T-handle plug offering.

However, many of users continue to face difficulties with their drain plugs, and have chosen Vesconite replacements, which are made of a polymer that does not swell, does not require lubrication, is resistant to the effect of ultraviolet light and remains unaffected by sea water.

The Vesconite T-handle plugs and stern plugs have been a long-standing order from the U.S. marine-part supplier for ten years, and thousands of units are now employed in trailered boats globally.

The correct insertion, proper tightening and sealing of a drain plug is essential to making a boating safe.

The removal of boat plugs is also an important way of ensuring the stored boats do not fill with water when they are stored. Moreover, plug removal after boating is also vital to ensure that aquatic invasive species are not spread from one water body to another water body, which is a serious concern in many parts of the world, including in the US.


Vesconite Bearings, the maker of the marine drain plugs, believes that custom and OEM boatbuilders understand the importance of details, even down to the drain plug. A quality fitting—especially one that is used so often with trailered boats—reflects highly on the brand.


“Vesconite has 10 times the wear life of traditional bronze,” says Vesconite Bearings marine representative Sharon Mc Ardle.

“This is an important feature as the polymer is unlikely to abrade and will not corrode, and ultimately begin to leak.”

The polymer that makes up the drain plugs is available in the US as custom precision-machined, ready-to-use parts or raw stock.

BIC TwitterBoating Industry Canada is now on Twitter, @BoatIndCan. We are interested in interacting with you as you are an integral part of the Canadian marine industry. Next time you're online please give us a nudge; we'll follow you back. Our e-News goes out weekly, across Canada, reaching every sector of the marine industry. If you have a newsworthy item please send it anytime and we will consider it for inclusion in our next issue. We'll be Tweeting from locations and events across the county on a regular basis.

Please join our conversation! www.twitter.com @BoatIndCan

 

 

 

BIC Newsletter 400x200

 

Every Tuesday we publish a fresh newsletter with informative articles pertaining to the Canadian boating and marine industry. Stay up to date with the latest products, research and industry developments.

Missed an Issue of Boating Industry Canada News Week? If you're looking for a specific issue, or simply want to catch up on previous issues, check out our Boating Industry Canada Archives.

Not signed up for News Week? Subscribe here

 

 

Featured Articles

Featured Articles
  • Prev
The Boating Ontario Conference held in Collingwood, Ontario November 25 to 27, included a number of ...
Last night Boating Ontario presented BIC’s Andy Adams with the W.J. Robertson ...
History was made in Amsterdam, Netherlands on November 15 as Campion Marine became the first ...
Join the 3,000+ ABYC Certified Technicians around the world trained at the highest level to ensure ...
Boating Industry Canada met with Jens Bering at IBEX 2017. Bering has recently been appointed to ...
Make sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming NMMA Canada Industry Breakfast to be held on ...
Everyone is invited to join Ontario Sailing to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday and the sport of ...
Activity and positive energy continued throughout the conclusion of the International BoatBuilders' ...
This morning the winners of the 2017 Innovation Awards were announced during the annual Industry ...
A trio of Canadian dealers were recognized at the Smoker Craft Inc. 2018 model year dealer meeting, ...

BOATING ONTARIO RECOGNIZES BIC'S ANDY ADAMS

Andy Adams Award 400Last night Boating Ontario presented BIC’s Andy Adams with the W.J. Robertson Award. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution and has expressed an appreciation for the Boating Ontario Association.

This year’s Boating Ontario is special for several reasons. It is the organization’s 50th anniversary and Andy Adams, who is managing editor of Canadian Yachting as well as online editor of Boating Industry Canada, is the first member of the media to receive the honour. Notable was that the presentation itself was made by Andrew Robertson, grandson of W.J Robertson. READ MORE

  

People

People
  • Prev
“The wind is coming up. Tell the boys they can commence with the race.” Fittingly, these would be ...
BRP, a world leader in powersports, has announced that Tracy Crocker has been appointed to the ...
CMP has announced that Gerald Dyck has joined the firm to further enhance their growing portfolio ...
Lars Ljungström has been appointed to vice president of finance and chief financial officer (CFO) ...
John Alexander Roy passed away quietly at home on August 12 after a short battle with cancer. He ...
Torqeedohas announced that Greg Jung has been appointed vice president of marketing. In ...

Changing Scene

  • Prev
All members of the marine industry attending the Toronto International Boat Show are invited to ...
Our friends at BoatUS shared this valuable advice for boat buyers and brokers following the recent ...
Yanmar officially announced that it has reached an agreement on the acquisition of 100% of the ...
Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) announced December 5th, that it intends to sell Sea Ray, one of ...
The 2017 Boating Ontario Awards of Excellence were an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of ...
This year’s 2017 Boating BC Conference presented by Mercury Marine celebrated 60 Years of Boating ...
Winds of change are sweeping through the recreational boating industry in Ontario with the purchase ...
Friday Harbour Resort and Pride Marine Group are pleased to announce a strategic new partnership, ...
The DAME Awards winners have been announced at METS 2017 trade show with the RS Venture Connect ...
 REGISTRATION still open for the 2017 Boating Ontario 50th Anniversary Celebration & ...

METSTRADE KEYNOTE BY MARK D SCHWABERO - GROWTH GOOD, BUT THE WORLD IS CHANGING

Mark Swabero Metstrade2017 400The keynote speaker of the 30th anniversary METSTRADE Show Breakfast Briefing, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of US-based Brunswick Corporation, Mark D Schwabero, set the tone of his talk by reminding a packed audience in RAI Amsterdam on the morning of November 15, of the need for companies to evolve continually to meet changing market opportunities.

Schwabero provided a brief glimpse into how Brunswick had evolved over its 172-year history, from making billiard tables, to being the world’s largest record recording company with Al Jolson on its board, to the $4.5bn company it is today, with 80 per cent earnings in marine and 20 per cent in the fitness market. READ MORE

 

ABYC MARINE ELECTRICAL CERTIFICATION (ONTARIO, CANADA)

abyc logo 2017 400

 

This 4 day course is designed for the marine professional with at least 3 – 5 years’ experience working with marine electrical system design, installation or repair and will provide the student with a comprehensive and focused look at the key ABYC standards. The successful certification candidate should have some familiarity with ABYC electrical standards.

When: December 11-14, 2017.

Where: Ontario, Canada
Learn More & Register
Contact Sandy Brown at 410-990-4460 x101 or sbrown@abycinc.orgRegister today! READ MORE