I think you are worrying unnecessarily. She's a stumpy little thing. Surely from tranny flange to stuffing box couldn't be more than a coupla feet. So how wide is your bilge
in the region and how deep? Measurements, bitte! Lets assume that the volume of that part of the bilge
is 3 cubic feet. Then, the weight of seawater require to fill it up would be just about the same as my weight. The equivalent of a man in the cockpit
. That won't change the boats trim or make her unseaworthy. The bilge is there so if water
DOES get in it won't soak you good stuff, but stay in the "sump" that the bilge is. From there you pump it overboard
sole is about 6" above the waterline - just like mine - and you can easily scupper it overboard
so it's self-draining. The plans show a hatch
, but that's only for getting the engine
in and out on the rare, rare occasion that that's required. The rest of the time it's sealed and no water
will get in, even if you get pooped - which you won't, if you know how to sail the boat.
As for pumping out, the tiniest little Rule
will do all the pumping you'll ever require. The trick is in how you mount it and where you put the float switch that makes the pumping automatic. If you are worried about sinking because you are taking water, then know that NO bilge pump
can prevent that. The bilge pump
is ONLY for getting rid of the (essential) drip from the stuffing box and coping with the odd spill when skipper
get careless with his morning coffee!
Don't waste your time on matters that ole Wally McInnes sorted out for you already.
A MAJOR consideration, however, if you want hot food
is what you are going to do for cooking
. Solid fuel
is dafe but where you gonna stow it? Alcohol is winpy and also rather dangerous. Propane
is the way to go if you can manage to find a way to construct a propane
locker according to regulations
. THAT could be a problem in this boat!
The bilge is just fine the way it is. It's your job as skipper
so to sail the boat that the water stays on the outside :-)!