I have two questions.
(1) Is it good practice to put batteries in the bilge
? A Roberts 25 I checked out the other day had the starter and house battery
located in the bilge
. They were raised up slightly to allow water
, such as from the shower
, to flow underneath and to the bilge pump
My last boat had the batteries under the seats so I had not come across batteries in the bilge before. My concern is that if the water
level in the bilge rises high enough, the batteries would cease functioning even before water was visible on the cabin
floor. Then, no electric
bilge pumps, no two-way radio
, no lights, no TV. Not good in an emergency
Water rise could potentially be from things like a stopcock leaking and the electric bilge pump
not keeping the water down or my partner's long hair washing
in from the shower
and jamming the bilge pump which was trying to pump out the shower water (her hair has strangled many devices including rollers on office chairs and rotary heads on vacuum cleaners).
So, what do you think? Bilge batteries okay or best somewhere else?
(2) And, the motor
on the boat started very easily and ran well, however, looking over the stern to watch the exhaust
outlet, I noticed it was at waterlevel and so I could not see if it was spitting cooling
water. That unsettled me since my last boat had some impeller problems and I became used to keeping an eye on the exhaust
outlet which was above the waterline and easy to see.
Is it a problem not being able to see if cooling
water is coming through?