Originally Posted by s/v Jedi
exactly how much room is there to get into this hole? If there's something like just under an inch, I would keep it as the sump and install a pump.
below shows how I make pick-up pipes for the bilge. It's just a 3/4" PVC pipe that is cut at an angle. Put it into the black hole until it touches the bottom of it. Hold a 90 degree elbow next to it and mark where to cut so that the elbow is tight on the bilge. The other side of the elbow gets another piece of pipe and a fitting to thread > to 3/4" hose adapter. The hose goes to a Gulper 220.
You mount the pickup with the clamps as shown (but on the horizontal part of course). Works perfectly.
I have a flexible hose in with a large, bronze strainer on the end that I can feed into the hole so can get the water out. It will work as a sump and guess I'm going to keep it that way. Just have to get used to any part that drops out of my fumble fingers when working on the engine
will be gone.
When I started trying to clean out the hole I got a wet/dry shop vac and taped a 2 meter piece of garden hose to the pickup side. I was able to feed the garden hose into the pit and blindly wiggle it around and think I covered most of the area. It clogged 8-10 times in the process and I had to pull it back out to see what I had discovered. These plus what I collected out of the inside of the vac included:
- several hose clamps
- numerous screws, nuts and bolts
- a couple of small parts
off the engine
- a handfull of wood scraps
- two large, greasy rags
- several nylon wire ties
This is one of my big concerns. If you ever get into a serious leak situation all this crap will plug
up your bilge pumps and could help sink you. Of course the goal is to remove all this stuff and never lose anything more into the bilge that could clog your pumps but I much prefer being able to look in the bilge to see rather than trust no one dropped a rag that slipped in where I can't see it.