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Of course it really depends on whether the boat has a wine-glass hull profile, like your Southern Cross or a flatter profile, like Giu's custom beastie. With the wine-glass profiles, it is far less important to have outboard bilge pumps, since the bilge is generally a lot deeper and not affected as much by the angle of heel or which tack the boat is on. On my friend's Cape Dory 30, we installed four pumps: a maintenance pump, a high volume electrical pump and manual pumps in both the cabin and cockpit.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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