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Old 06-12-2010, 18:07   #16
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Thanks for all the advice everyone - looks like we need to get a bilge pump alarm!!!
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Nice post nice blog, thanks.. Had a similar adrenaline rush the other day when both bilge pumps went on offshore. Worked out quickly my drippy stuffing box was going for it niagara falls style - easy fix, tighten and press some grease in there. Did make me a little nervous initially
We got so sick of our stuffing boxes leaking (the starboard engine room hasn't been dry in the two plus years we've owned our boat), we finally had Dripless Shaft Seals installed. Honestly, we would have saved money if we'd done this from the beginning instead of spending money constantly having them repaired.
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Early in my sailing life, I almost sunk our boat with a garden hose. Great feeling looking at the shimmer of water as it seeps up between the floorboards.
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Funny enough I used to line the bilges with old newspapers then fill some of my old boats with bucket loads of seawater to the floor beams and leave it for a month... tight as a drum come spring launch.
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Old 23-12-2010, 17:50   #22
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Bilge alarms, use an off the shelf discount auto parts car horn , you and your neighbors will hear it. I wire my bilge pumps directly to a battery with an in line fuse, I do not want it wired to a circuit breaker or dependent on a battery switch that someone might de-energize. If the boat is in the water it needs to be on all the time, if it is on the hard with the drain removed then I remove the fuse.
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Old 23-12-2010, 19:08   #23
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Most research I have read recommend NOT putting a check valve in the bilge pump system. They recommend put the through hull WELL above the water line (not TOO far as most bilge pumps get seriously de-rated when pumping up significant inclines.
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Most research I have read recommend NOT putting a check valve in the bilge pump system. They recommend put the through hull WELL above the water line (not TOO far as most bilge pumps get seriously de-rated when pumping up significant inclines.
Not having a check valve can cause cycling of the pump. This happened with mine - a smallish bilge and a reasonably long discharge line meant the volume of water sloshing back down when the pump stopped was enough to reactivate the level switch. The check valve fixed it. But I agree, it would be preferable to not have any extra things in the line to clog up, stick closed or whatever.

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Lucky guess! I use water witch bilge switches and last winter left pumps on thinking bilge will be kept dry in winter. I was very disappointed with my defective switches when in the spring they did not work. Just like the defective float switches I had the winter before. Can't americans make anything that lasts?
Was there a real need for the American bashing here? So you've never been disappointed by any products made anywhere else?

It would seem that since you have a sailboat, cruising to somewhere that has manufacturers with no faults would be fairly easy for you.

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OK let me make this absolutely clear. Pay attention. I was just kidding. I left the power on and pump was trying to pump ice so the switches burnt up. I was making a joke. Now go back to what you were doing.
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Sorry about that. I see that I was mistaken. It's sometimes hard to detect sarcasm in an electronic format.


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Great story, glad all was well. Love the blog.
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