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Where is the bilge water coming from?
I "enjoyed" reading the "ultimate bilge pump" thread. It made me want to get out my Heathkit tools and start building. I have had most of the same problems, we all seem to have.
Keeping the boat off the bottom is an important goal. Automating that would be a wonderful accomplishment. Maintenance is the solution for me. I now have a simple Ruehl 2000 as my "primary" and another one as my "secondary". I have a sump. My primary float switch is mounted about 4" above the pump. My bilge is dry. I have a big sponge I keep in the sump and use occasionally to sop up what little water I find there. One of the first things I do when I come aboard the boat is empty that sponge . As is true of any situation, if my batteries run down because a catastrophic failure occurs in my absence there will be consequences. My boat is FG and the hull does not "normally" leak. I have tracked down every "normal" source of water entering the boat and done my best to eliminate them.
To deal with a failure that requires an emergency response I have Whale Henderson mounted in the cockpit, another Henderson operates my Lavac toilet and can be switched to the bilge. A large Beckson is stowed and a small one handles melt water from the ice box which gets pumped into the sink. The pickup for the raw water pump on the engine can be switched to a strainer in the sump in an emergency, too. Beyond that there is the 6 gallon bucket!
I am curious about where the water is coming from that seems to be part of the "normal" bilge contents. Rain? Shaft leaks? A wooden hull with issues?
Where does the water in your bilge come from?
Last edited by downeast450; 10-25-2009 at 08:08 AM.