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Shower pump question

My Spirit 28 has a cramped head with a shower pan and necessary plumbing. But the shower pan gravity drains to the bilge (not ideal, for obvious reasons).

I know that a shower sump is the standard way to handle shower drains, but there isn't room, either in the bilge or under the shower, to install a dedicated sump.

Would it be feasible for me to simply install a small diaphram pump (like the whale gulper) inside the bilge to intercept the shower drain and pump overboard? I'd need to figure out a control scheme -- perhaps a manual on/off switch would be sufficient.

I don't plan to use the shower very often, so I don't way to spend large amounts of money, but it would be nice to have it available on occasion.

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Would it be feasible for me to simply install a small diaphram pump (like the whale gulper) inside the bilge to intercept the shower drain and pump overboard? I'd need to figure out a control scheme -- perhaps a manual on/off switch would be sufficient.
Pretty similar to the set up in my boat. There is a small pump located under the head sink that collects water from the shower pan and pumps it up into the head sink, then the water just drains out through the head sink drain. There is a manual switch for the pump that is just turned on as needed. Works well.


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Sounds like a good idea.

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Re: Shower pump question

No need for room under the pan for the pump, just redirect the hose to a pump installed somewhere else. Like Jiminri, my pump is under the head sink and has its own dedicated thru hull right there. However, I see no reason why it couldn't be connected into the sink drain hose with a T or Y adapter. Even better to have fewer thru hulls.


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Re: Shower pump question

My shower drain pump is in my engine compartment 15' of 1/2" hose between the drain and pump with a cleanable filter screen to catch hair from going thru the pump. (My 1st mate has long hair) Because space is always limited on a boat I like having things were they can be out of the way but easy to get to if they need to be worked on.

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