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Old 31-10-2011, 23:52   #1
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Bilge Drain

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I have seen a couple of Hallberg Rassey's in dry storage and the ones I saw had plugs in the keel. You could unscrew it when it was on the hard and this would let the water out of the bilge. I like the idea of installing one of these b/c my boat spends 10 months on the hard every year and it is better then having a bilge pump run. Does anyone know what this fitting would be called.
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Re: Bilge Drain

Perko garboard drain plug:

PERKO 006_181_003_503 at West Marine

I have one and it's great--no water in the bilge while the boat is on the hard.
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Bilge pump runs?--on the hard
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Re: Bilge Drain

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Bilge pump runs?--on the hard
Don't know about bilge pump, but there's usually some residual water at the end of the season plus water from condensation and rainwater from small leaks (e.g., around mast collar, if you leave the stick in). That's why some people pour a bit of non-toxic antifreeze into the bilge. A drain plug is a better solution.

You can try to dry the bilge with a sponge, but mine is too deep and narrow to reach the bottom of the sump.
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Bilge pump runs?--on the hard
Last time I left my boat on the hard in Oregon my boat had a lot of water in the bilge. It took almost 1 hr for the bilge pump to get the water out. The water was close to the floorboards but not all the way to them. A simple drain plug would have made a big difference.
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