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09-09-2013 01:30 PM
justified
Re: Water in the bilge

Have you considered that it might just be the back wash water in the line that doesn't make it out based on the length of travel and the rise of the outlet.
09-09-2013 06:50 AM
dvuyxx
Re: Water in the bilge

Mine always has a small amount of water. You need to be in your cabin during a rainstorm and try to see if you see water trickling in the sides of your bilge. That might lend some clues. I have a leaky hatch among a couple of other fittings that need to be addressed.
09-09-2013 06:03 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Water in the bilge

We have a low bilge, within our bilge, that will collect and hold about a half gallon of water, if it filled up. The float switch and main bilge pickup are in it. The backup is above it.

We have two fridges that drain to this lower bilge, along with the condensation from two air conditioning units. The pressure blowout for the hot water heater would also go there, if it let go.

As a result, our bilge pump runs a couple of times per day. It was creepy at first. After seeing a bone dry bilge surrounding it, I just got used to it and consider it an audible test that the bilge pump actually works.

My bigger problem is that water coming down my mast collects in a bilge compartment that just won't find its way to this lower bilge to be pumped out. I shop vac it out, but its frustrating.
09-09-2013 05:50 AM
JomsViking
Re: Water in the bilge

I seem to be in the minority re. this.
But as I've managed to make 3 of my own and several other peoples boats bone dry I'm of the firm opinion that this should be done - Just the other day the neighbor boat noticed a Little Water in the bilge (which usually is bone dry) and we traced it to the raw Water pump. The amount was so tiny he wouldn't have noticed in a "wet bilge".
In heavy weather a heck of a lot of Water can get in through locker lids etc which may only cause a very tiny amount the rest of the time, but you'll be happy that you took the time to stop it when the sh1te hits the fan..
09-08-2013 09:54 PM
tomandchris
Re: Water in the bilge

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Originally Posted by DRFerron View Post
My last boat was on a trailer during the off season. By launch time I had removed water by the bucketful. During the season I kept it in a slip. Barely a drip, even after the heaviest rainfall. I suspect that the boat, designed to be in water, flexes differently when stuck on a trailer, whence more points of ingress that didn't occur when it was stored in the water. Since I was more concerned about what happened when it was in the water where it was supposed to be, I left it alone.
In one of the first years with my boat I did not get her winter cover on for about a month after pulling in the fall. I noticed that a few ports were leaking, and they never leaked in heavy storms or from green water over the bow. Opened all the ports and closed them again. It was the flex of the boat when the rigging came down that caused the leak. Sure glad I did not FIX all those seals.
09-08-2013 03:45 PM
DRFerron
Re: Water in the bilge

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Originally Posted by mad_machine View Post
My SeaSprite leaks and it is on a trailer. I need to redo the hatches and rebed the ports
My last boat was on a trailer during the off season. By launch time I had removed water by the bucketful. During the season I kept it in a slip. Barely a drip, even after the heaviest rainfall. I suspect that the boat, designed to be in water, flexes differently when stuck on a trailer, whence more points of ingress that didn't occur when it was stored in the water. Since I was more concerned about what happened when it was in the water where it was supposed to be, I left it alone.
09-08-2013 03:36 PM
smurphny
Re: Water in the bilge

I can always tell when the packing nut needs tightening by hearing the bilge pump come on. The shaft log is so buried in my boat that seeing it is not an option without mirrors and great feats of Yoga. I have to feel to get wrenches on it. My shaft log wrenches have line attached so dropping them down into never-never land is not possible.
09-08-2013 01:51 PM
mad_machine
Re: Water in the bilge

My SeaSprite leaks and it is on a trailer. I need to redo the hatches and rebed the ports
09-08-2013 01:19 PM
jimgo
Re: Water in the bilge

As you sit at the dock, listen carefully. You will hear the automatic bilge pump of many of the boats going on and off. That's what told me that mine was more the norm than the exception. That's not to say I don't want to figure out where most of it is coming from and stop it, but I figured it was a sign that I wasn't in serious trouble.
09-08-2013 12:41 PM
zeehag
Re: Water in the bilge

when you have an inboard engne and packing gland and rain and such you will have wet bilges.
most boats have a little water in their bilges--even my dry as a bone ericson has water in bilge.

my formosa, a truly active cruising boat has plenty water in bilges--i consider it ballast!!--i have to pump every week---which is better than every day.

only dry boat is one on hard in desert
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