Electric Bilge Pump - Is it worth it ???

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Post by AlistairM » Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:35 pm

Given that I am of the opinon that if I wait for my small 12ft dinghy to stop leaking completly before I go afloat (freshwater - stored ashore) I will probably still be at this point for some time yet, I came up with the idea of fitting some bottom boards and investing in the smallest bilge pump and battery I could get and then pumping periodically when it got a little wet around the toes.

This way I would only have to wait a little while longer, to let most of the wood swell before I could go out. Is this a reasonable idea or are there going to be problems I havent thought of.


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Bilge pump

Post by Brian E. Evans » Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:17 am

If you invest in an automatic bilge pump it will only operate when there is water in the bilge.
Here is a link to a company that sells them in the UK
http://www.piplers.co.uk/product_detail ... Rule&Code=

Using a 12 v 17 ampere hour battery you should get 3 or 4 hours of sailing.
You could also sink the boat for a day and let the planking take up.
Then you would not have to bother.
Brian Evans.

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