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Enough of vacuming water in the bige

frenchshipfrenchship Québec ,CanadaPosts: 1,079Member ✭✭✭
I had enough of vacuming the water in my bilge,so here what I did. I installed a small pump on the transom wall. 
The pictures would be self explaining. The pump is not spark proof so I used it after running the blowers and with engines hatch open. It remove the water to the last drop








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  • Michael TMichael T Posts: 6,463Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Hey Paul, that's pretty cool! I kept a mini shop vac to do that but it was a pita!
  • Dream_InnDream_Inn Annapolis, MDPosts: 4,741Member, Moderator mod

    About 2 years ago I took my raw water pump that was there to wash out the cockpit connected to a seacock and disconnected from the seacock, ran the hose to bottom of bilge by drain plug.  Now I just turn on the raw water pump and it draws everything out of the bilge. 

    you have the same type of thing going French!  Very nice!

    Dream 'Inn III -- 2008 400 Express

  • pault1216pault1216 Indianapolis, INPosts: 189Member ✭✭✭
    I always wanted to do that on my boats with a wet bilge. Great job.  -Paul
  • LaReaLaRea Alexandria VirginiaPosts: 2,929Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    That's very creative to drain it through the transom drain rather than adding a thru-hull.  
  • Handymans342Handymans342 Posts: 6,938Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Dream, why not install a 1/2 inch ball valve in place of the plug and just open to drain? You would still need to put a plug in the valve. Easy since we are on lifts.
  • TrashmanTrashman New Jersey/ philaPosts: 431Member ✭✭✭
    Very nice.   The shop vac deal gets old after a while, lol. That's ideal if you get frequent water from rain and wash downs!
        I ordered a new shower drain box for the bathroom in my 270.   I kept the old one,which wasn't bad but old, with intentions of running my air conditioner drain tube into it.  From what I've experienced its the only water source in my bilge.  I'll post pics when I install in the fall.  
  • Michael TMichael T Posts: 6,463Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Trashman...cool idea (pun intended)!
  • Dream_InnDream_Inn Annapolis, MDPosts: 4,741Member, Moderator mod

    Handy, I had started a topic about the whole drain plug thing.  I wouldn't want something I'd have to reach on the outside transom. 

    http://rinkerboats.vanillaforums.com/discussion/2904/automatic-drain-plug#latest

    Dream 'Inn III -- 2008 400 Express

  • MDboaterMDboater Posts: 298Member ✭✭✭
    Trashman said:
    Very nice.   The shop vac deal gets old after a while, lol. That's ideal if you get frequent water from rain and wash downs!
        I ordered a new shower drain box for the bathroom in my 270.   I kept the old one,which wasn't bad but old, with intentions of running my air conditioner drain tube into it.  From what I've experienced its the only water source in my bilge.  I'll post pics when I install in the fall.  
    Great idea!  What do you plan to use for the outlet?
  • Cableguy GregCableguy Greg Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 3,624Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Trashman said:
    Very nice.   The shop vac deal gets old after a while, lol. That's ideal if you get frequent water from rain and wash downs!
        I ordered a new shower drain box for the bathroom in my 270.   I kept the old one,which wasn't bad but old, with intentions of running my air conditioner drain tube into it.  From what I've experienced its the only water source in my bilge.  I'll post pics when I install in the fall.  
    What about running the drain thru a thru-hull? I was thinking about doing that since I have the same problem.
    2008 280 Express Cruiser, 6.2MPI, B3, Pittsburgh, PA
    Go Steelers!!!
  • NAUTIBUOYNAUTIBUOY Lake Greeson, Murfreesboro, ARPosts: 2Member ✭✭
    When I replaced my A/C 2 seasons ago I had them re-route my condensate hose to the center bilge where I too updated my shower sump box.  Works great and I didn't have to use two boxes.
  • J3ffJ3ff Posts: 1,712Member ✭✭✭✭
    Sorry if I already asked.. where did you get that metal looking hose from? 
  • frenchshipfrenchship Québec ,CanadaPosts: 1,079Member ✭✭✭
     If your asking about the hose in my pictures, It comes from a old hand held shower head 
  • J3ffJ3ff Posts: 1,712Member ✭✭✭✭
    going to be attempting this tomorrow.. since the weather is going to be rain all day.. 

    heading to lowes in the morning to pickup a drain screen, a shower hose, a check valve and all that tubing. Thank you for this awesome idea! 
  • frenchshipfrenchship Québec ,CanadaPosts: 1,079Member ✭✭✭
    You will love it
  • J3ffJ3ff Posts: 1,712Member ✭✭✭✭
    Well - the people at lowes were no help really.  I did end up with enough hose...

    but:
    -no metal shower hose like you have, will prob have to just make that rubber hose
    -no dish strainer
    -no 90 degree elbows, but not sure they are needed on my boat, lots of room back there with the single engine.
    -no check valve, which I think is the most important thing they didn't have.

    Guess it'll be time to go futz around on amazon in a bit! 
  • frenchshipfrenchship Québec ,CanadaPosts: 1,079Member ✭✭✭
    The actual metal shower hose is actually from a old hand shower the metal is actually chrome plastic wrap around a rubber hose The dish strainer in SS is from Dollar king . The 90 degree elbow was because I mounted my pump horizontal. The check valve is from a primer hand pump use on the priming bulb use on outboard gaz tank


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