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Do you run your air conditioner with regularity? I've been thinking of putting a venturi on the air conditioning outflow line to suck up condensation in the AC pan (like the Mermaid system). Since this is a very minimal amount of water, I was thinking something around the size of aquarium tubing that terminated in a small sponge. Your picture above seems a similar type idea. Haven't installed it yet, but the venturi that I think will work is a Mazzei 684 or 584.
That's a really interesting idea.


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Yes, the actual deep bilge with the pump is lower by a few inches. However, the wick would have to climb about 2 ft over a stringer. That should theoretically work, but would it restart if all dried out for a few days?
I would give it a try. Only just now saw that SlowbutSteady had the same idea. I start as simply as I can with these problems and increase complexity as needed. A wick is cheap, disposable, and has no moving parts.
If it dries out and re-wets it should begin the process on its own, it is basically capillary action if it works at all.

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Minnie, in reading through this thread again, I realize you are right, this is a major design flaw and will lead to the boat being unsafe. You should immediately stop using the boat and ship it to me. I'm sorry, but since I am taking on this kind of liability, I will have to insist that you pay the shipping. I will then ensure the boat is properly "disposed of".
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Jim, thanks for the offer. I'm going to wrestle it a bit longer, but if it gets the best of me, you can have her.
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....Haven't installed it yet, but the venturi that I think will work is a Mazzei 684 or 584.
The more I think about it, the more I'm liking this idea. The AC probably runs enough to keep it dry. I can't readily tell the difference between these two. Is there a significant difference, I'm not seeing?

A follow on thought is to perhaps buy the Arid Bilge pickups and attach them to a venturi. Anyone know where to find them online?


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Re: Dry bilges

I get about an inch of rain water in my bilge every month - I can't seem to determine the source and its fresh water. My bilge pump can't get the last of it out so I use a suction pump like this. I just pump it into a small bucket but you can easily install one of these in a permanent manner.

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Minne, the wick should restart itself and certainly would be cheap enough to try.

I had a friend with a Beneteau25 (?) that had a similar problem. His solution was to buy the cheapest paper towels in the store and leave one roll standing up in the damp spot. When he came onboard he'd just toss it if it was soaked.
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I will give the wick a try too. Why not. Cool idea. Just have to find some cloth line.


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That should be easy. Thanks.


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