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When I worked at WM we had someone rip open a bag and steal two teak bungs. I think they were worth like what $.79
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The word that instantly came to mind watching that video was "fruitcake." "bedrooms" "buoys" and "winch" !!?? Wow.

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3. Should the high water bilge alarm go off, the very first thing to do is to fire up the diesel and not go looking for the leak.
Never heard this one before. Is the reason because the starter battery will go dead? I always thought it took time for a battery to discharge, even underwater. (Maybe the concern is water in the starter motor?)

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Many folks overlook the option of pressing the engine into service as a bilge pump in an emergency... One can simply cut the raw water intake hose, and draw water from inside the boat, instead... Of course, this method is only effective if one remembers to close the raw water intake seacock, as well... (grin)

You'd better have clean bilges, however, or some sort of strainer in place, just a matter of time before debris would become a problem...

IMHO, any boat going offshore should have an engine raw water intake already configured for this eventuality. There are a variety of ways one can tee such an intake from the sump into your existing raw water system. Groco makes a nice 3-way valve for engine flushing with fresh water, that can be a good way to go... But, at the very minimum, one should have an appropriate straight hose barb coupling, leaving one the option to simply cut the intake hose, and then repair it after the bilge has been pumped dry...
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Re: interesting rescue worth discussing

I'm sure I would consider cutting the seawater line in an absolute emergency, but it can't be a great solution. I'm not sure exactly how much volume it will move, but what if it was so good, it started drawing air? Bilge debris could clog the strainer too.

I would rather have a separate clutched pump accessory that was made for the purpose. I assume it would move more water too, but don't know that. We cross the pond one day and we will add one.


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Re: interesting rescue worth discussing

engine pumps don't move that much water. 3 -7 gals a minute unless the engines are very large not sure that would save a boat.

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Re: interesting rescue worth discussing

What's the old saying- "There's no better pump than a scared sailor with a bucket."

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Re: interesting rescue worth discussing

4-5 gpm might not seem like much, but if you're taking on water, ANYTHING that reduces the amount you are taking on may be a help. If you're taking on 400gpm, ok, 4gpm isn't a big change. If you've got one broken through-hull...when I pull the knotmeter impeller, that's the same as one small through-hull and I doubt it is more than 1-2 gpm coming through that hole.

I suppose $1000 for a Honda (motor, pump, frame, all set up to go) that can pump ~250gpm could arguably be a better investment than some other "safety" equipment, if you have the space to carry it. Such a shame they don't make a combination pump and genset. (G)
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