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Catalina 30 Engine Sump

I recently purchased a '92 Catalina 30.

It seems that there is no way to empty the bilge under the engine except to pump it out manually.

It seems like there ought to be a pump installed or at least a way for this to drain into the main bilge, but I can't find anything about this in my manuals.

Has anyone else run into this?
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It's built that way on purpose to keep Engine Oil etc.... out of the bilge which would be pumped into our precious waterways.
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Pumping oil overboard is a bad idea... big fines for doing so... Stan's probably correct in that the engine sump was intentionally kept separate for that reason.
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Oh man, don't drain it to the main bilge. It would be a collosal mess.
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Don't most cutless bearings drip in there??
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Don't most cutless bearings drip in there??
Yes, into the main bilge. So........ ?
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Yes, into the main bilge. So........ ?
So it seams that all the time I was worried that something from the engine would get into the main bilge I was wasting my time.

Even on boats built in the 70's in the 50+' range??
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Depends on the boat. Some don't isolate the engine sump area.
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So it seams that all the time I was worried that something from the engine would get into the main bilge I was wasting my time.

Even on boats built in the 70's in the 50+' range??
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Even on boats built in the 70's in the 50+' range??
Probably few boats from the 70's had anything to protect the environment aboard. When the OP said '92 C30 no question - bilge protected, but the first C30's from the 70's..... I don't know for sure
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