Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: The house is in Kingsport, TN. Boats are on Watauga Lake and in New Bern, NC
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Unintended Water in the Bilge of a PSC 34
In December I found another way to get water into the bilge of my Crealock 34. While looking for the source of a water leak in the galley, I closed the ball valve behind the galley drawers that shuts off flow to the thru hull on the port side that is just above the water line. That thru hull is the exit both for my electric bilge pump and for the deck drain on the port side. The water from the bilge pump gets to the valve and the thru hull via a vented loop mounted against the hull just below the deck. The water from the deck drain (which is higher than the vented loop) joins the hose from the electric bilge pump in a wye between the vented loop and the valve. In the rain with the valve closed water from the deck ran backwards over the vented loop and backwards through the bilge pump filling the bilge.
I heard the water running into the boat, saw what was happening, opened the valve, and pumped the bilge dry. My guess is that if I had not caught it, the bilge float switch would have started the pump and pumped the water back out onto the deck. In any event closing the valve might have unintended consequences, especially if the bilge pump did not start.
1988 PSC 34