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Re: clear for smooth bilge pump tubing?
I think I know that ABYC does not recommend clear tubing for bilge water purposes. That said, I used some of the re-inforced clear tubing and have had no problems since (5+ years ago). Sure looks nice too PLUS it really is smooth unlike that white ribbed crap.
Benefits: cheap, easy to work with, easy to replace & install, mold/mildew loves dark spaces but clear tubing lets in some light. Ok, so maybe it ends up on a quicker replacement schedule, but it is cheaper, easier ... etc.
Most bilge pump gph ratings are well overstated for your average sailboat installation (head + distance + turns). Why add ribbed tubing into the mix to further reduce their effectiveness?
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Last edited by CalebD; 03-10-2015 at 10:55 PM.