Hello again fellow sailors,
After a recent trip out in rough conditions, the fact that the my bilge pump
failed and left me trying to jury rig it while being pounded has left me wanting to install a second one for backup.
After searching on google
it seems most threads are geared towards "I want the best setup known to man, best brand, something powerful enough to keep the boat floating with a hole in it, ect" or "Whats the best setup to keep my bilge
I don't really fall into either of these camps. I just want something that works as a decent backup until I get back to the dock
Again this is not a boat I plan to retire with or anything, so I am just looking for a basic system that works for weekend sailing, without spending an arm and a leg on it.
I just had a few questions before I throw this thing together since I essentially know nothing about bilge
1. My current bilge pump
is an impeller style and seems to do an okay job.(it only failed due to a lousy wiring
job by the previous owner). Should I go ahead and use this style for my backup, or consider something else?
Finally, what is a good brand? Will the regular rule
brand ones like they sell at west marine
2. Should I use the same hose or not? I've seen people on different sides of the fence with this. Something about how one pump will just pump the water
back through the pump lower in the line? Is there some kind of "Y" valve I could use?
3. When I disconnected my bilge pump while underway to work on it, water
from the outboard
running at full throttle built up near the thru hull
in the transom and pushed water back into the bilge once the pump was disconnected. How can I prevent this from happening without relocating the thru-hull?
That's it for now, although I will probably have more questions based on the answers to these three.