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Re: Dry bilges

I just remembered that it used to help to set a sponge on the end of the twine/wick/siphon that was in the bilge. It kept the twine from moving around (and/or falling out of the bottom of the boat), and it seemed to drive the whole siphoning process to completion a bit better than without the sponge. Also, if I recall correctly, I used pretty heavy twine; probably closer to the cotton clothesline that others have mentioned than kitchen/butcher's twine.

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even if the wick didn't pull water into the lower part of the bilge, it would help to dry it out. The water being pulled up into the wick would have more surface area to the air, and would evaporate quicker

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Re: Dry bilges

I have seen a chamois cloth (or Sham-wow) used for this purpose. This kind of cloth allows amazing capillary action with water. The starting and ending points would need to be secured somehow.

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I can't readily tell the difference between these two. Is there a significant difference, I'm not seeing?
I couldn't tell the difference between the venturi's...on the Mazzei site they have the tech specs, but it's a bit beyond my reading comprehension level...

I stumbled on the the idea from this thread: sailnet.com/forums/gear-maintenance/32519-ac-condensate-drainage.html {You have to put in the 3W's in front of sailnet there all by yourself because I don't have enough posts yet to post links...sorry}

There are a couple other of other ideas in that thread that might work for your situ, but they aren't quite so Sham-wowzing as the ideas in this thread....
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Re: Dry bilges

Hadn't seen the link. Turns out the Mermaid condensator is a kit that essentially does this. $170 at defender, but the venturi were $80 or $90 alone and I have to source tubing, filters, etc. Still, I'm thinking the Arid Bilge pickup is the trick. I can not find where to buy those online at all.


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I'm a fan of using diapers to get water out of hard to reach parts of the bilge. I've got a baby on the boat so there are plenty of diapers available and they're super absorbant. You could even use the velcro to secure it around the base of the mast.

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I'm a fan of using diapers to get water out of hard to reach parts of the bilge. I've got a baby on the boat so there are plenty of diapers available and they're super absorbant. You could even use the velcro to secure it around the base of the mast.
why do I have images of a mast in diapers now?

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