Hello Cruisers Mel & Michelle here,
New owners of S/V Dream Catcher.
Our First time post. We bought a 2004 Catalina
42 MKII #885 at the end of May. This was a 2 year adventure to find the boat, story for another day. Bought it through a broker, Dunbar Sales in Brunswick GA at the Golden Isles Marina. They were a please to deal with. The boat spent it's whole life there, used frequently by its owner pleasure and racing
. Last trip out mid May he won the race
from Jax up to St Simons.
We solo sailed first timers up from St Simons to our home port of Savannah July 1st 2016. What a trip with the wife. Took 12 hours, all good. Boat performered flawlessly.
Now to our query? I want a dry bilge! How to do it running the a/c units?
We have 2 a/c units. Work great. Yes we are spoiled! Both units drain the condensating hoses into the bilge
. As you know this rapidly fills the bilge
with 4 inches of water
, then the bilge pumps out the majority of the water
. If we do not run the a/c units and dry out the bilge she is a dry boat.
What do you do with your drain lines? We have to have a/c in Savannah, 100 degrees with indexes over 110!
Currently the bilge holds more than 8 gallons, then the bilge pump
turns on and pumps most but not all water.
The forward unit is under the settee seat, the aft one is in the engine
compartment above the fuel tank
I was thinking of using 2 condensatng pumps, #1 under the front a/c unit, run that hose out to #2 in the rear under aft a/c. Have the #2 in the rear pump it out of the boat some how. The condensating pumps will hold less than a half gallon each, plus what stays in the hoses. And have a dry clean bilge!
What do you do?
Have you done this?
What have you seen that works?
What have you designed?
We want a dry boat!
Thanks in advance.