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post #9 of Old 06-19-2013
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Re: Pumps do not do what you think

I've developed a slight obsession with bilge pumps ever since I've managed to flood my boat on hard the first winter we've had her . So I've got three electric pumps (2400 gph x2, 500gph gx1) and the hand operated whale gulper that I've modified so that I can basically now reach any place inside with a hose to suck it dry. I know, it's sheer OCD ... What I never understood, though, is, why in the name of safety do we drill new holes into the sides of our boats for through hulls that will potentially fail and flood the boat. Shouldn't the pumps let out on the highest possible point, i.e. on deck ? I yet have to find a reasonably "standard" bilge pump, that can provide enough lift/head to allow that.
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