A boat of that size, with freeboard that low should have no less then two properly setup bilge
pumps of no less the 2000GPH each. This would deliver about 1400GPH each if properly installed, and keep a bad situation from being a lot worse.
A future tip. Anytime you have a problem, check to make sure the bilge
is dry first before you do anything else. Every time we touched bottom on the ICW
, step one, check the bilges, step two, back off the sand bar, step three, check bilges again. Belt may have broken off the alternator
, and the alternator
may have been the only things making the pump keep its speed high enough to keep the boat from sinking.
Good luck, next time don't take a house boat into the gulf.