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    Default Bilge pumps

    I haven't read a plausible rationale for the variations I've seen, so I'll throw the question out....

    How many bilge pumps d'you have, what type(s).....and why?

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    Three: one electric, one manual, and the third is a switchover in the intake for the engine cooling circuit, so that the engine draws its water through a strainer from the bilge. I use that system when I flush the cooling circuit before winterising the engine, and it always amazes me to see how much water it shifts. A hose running at full chat does not keep up with it. I hope Iíll never have to use it in anger, but Iím pretty sure it will be more effective than me on the manual pump.

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    Default Re: Bilge pumps

    Two, an electric one, and a backup manual one.

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    Default Re: Bilge pumps

    A Rule 2000 electric bilge pump, manually switched.
    A Henderson Mk5 manual pump.
    An electrical one I can drop in the bilge if necessary.
    Another manual one I use to pump out the water tank, and dinghy if too heavy to tip.

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    Two pumps - one electric, one manual. Plus a vacuum cleaner every so often to remove the dust and fluff from the bilges.

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    One manual, one electric, and two buckets with lines.
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    Default Re: Bilge pumps

    We have regulations that specify the minimum number of bilge pumps for each category of vessel (allowed distance for shore)

    I have 3 electric (2 in main boat and one in separate water tight compartment)

    I have 3 henderson manual 2 in main boat and one next to the helm position.

    I also have 2 electric head diaphragm pumps that can easy be converted by removing the suction pipes from the head bowls.
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    Default Re: Bilge pumps

    Slightly odd answer as the boat was coded: four watertight compartments each with a bilge alarm, with a big electric pump and a Henderson V in the cockpit with a Whale 25 on the deep bilge only in the cabin.

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    Default Re: Bilge pumps

    It will, of course, vary with the size and age of the vessel, whether coding or RORC regs have applied at any time in her life, and whether long-distance cruising has ever been contemplated by any of her owners.

    My own 1957 24 footer has four: an automatic electric pump (Johnson L650), two manual pumps (both Whale Gusher 10s, one operated in the cockpit, one down below) and the engine inlet has a take-off to suck from the bilge. In addition, there is a small plunger-type dinghy pump.
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    Interesting point about using the engine seawater suction as an emergency bilge pump. The other day my good friend owner of another Sadler 34 flushed his ~25 HP Volvo engine before being hauled out at the end of his season. His plan was to motor the 100 metres or so to the lifting dock using prepared buckets of fresh water. He carried 40 litres and planned to motor as gently as possible. Few of us believed that he would make it.

    In fact he did it comfortably, with 12 litres left over.
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