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Re: Bilge questions
Thanks all.. the input is helpful. I was wondering about the fining. I am just back from a week away where my pump faithfully handled the higher than normal rainfall. So there is sheen :-( I now have the sheets and they are down in the bilge. The water level after the pump works is quite low, maybe an inch left in back one half of bilge. The pump is separate from the switch. They are about 6" apart but in different bilge compartments. I have one hose running to the thru hull which is at least a foot above water line on starboard aft quarter. This line is dedicated to the bilge pump and not connected to cockpit scupper thru hulls. But there is a manual bilge pump which is accessed from the cockpit and ties in to same hose as is used by bilge pump. Does that make sense? If after running the automatic pump, I also give the manual about 5 more pumps, the water level drops to near zero turning off the bilge pump switch at least until it rains heavily again.
The thought of lifting the bilge pump switch is intriguing. The problem does lie in a hose that retains a significant amount of bilge "water" letting it run back in. SO if I can reposition the switch do I raise or lower it? :-)
Also, in terms of the soaking pads, I just crammed a bunch of them down in what water was left in the bilge. They have soaked overnight. DO I now fish them out for proper disposal or just leave pads down in there? I do want to get back to my nice clean bilge which is what I had before I stupidly missed the filling port when changing oil on my A4. Wont make that mistake again.