Hi all. I definitely need advice for my very flat bilge
When I built my 36' boat
some 30 yrs ago starting from a RPD bare hull
, I installed a manual Gusher Titan pump
for the motor bilge
that is very very flat. It is obviously effective in pumping out large quantities of water
(as when a raw water
hose exploded some yrs ago), but due to strainer and hose dimensions cannot be placed to the lowest point of the bilge and leaves some 10-15 ltrs of water
sloshing around and spraying everywhere.
When overhauling the motor
and repainting the bilge, last year, I added a very flat Rule
that fits under the motor (can be operated: manually/at intervals/automatically with electronic switch at 2,5 cm height of water) https://www.svb24.com/en/rule-lp900d-bilge-pump.html
Still, 2 issues emerged:
1) I had an oil leak
before replacing the gearbox
, cleaned manually the bilge with specialized products to get rid of the oily film - but the automatic switch stopped functioning. Of course I can take out the small pump and clean it thoroughly - but at this point feel I cannot rely on the pump, because small oil/diesel leaks
can always happen, and the only option is switching to manual mode;
support and hull
stiffeners make 7 compartments badly connected and, when the Rule
pump leaves only 1/2 inch under the engine
, there is still water in the other 6 compartments making the whole install moist and messy.
I dream of a deep bilge (as I have forward of the engine compartment, over the encapsulated keel), but the only (difficult and somewhat risky option in this direction is to open up a 30x25 window under the engine, and stratifying a kind of bulge to make a lower recess. But this could be the very last option, and am not very much tempted. Moreover, it does not solve the problem of the other 6 compartments.
I look very much forward to your advice!