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#1 Gazboatman

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 10:10 PM

Any recommendations?
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 10:35 PM

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 10:36 PM

Some people might recommend a frightened man and a bucket! .................

But seriously, most electric bilge pumps are very cheap and reliable.

Or do you want a diaphram hand pump?
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 10:45 PM

Some people might recommend a frightened man and a bucket! .................

But seriously, most electric bilge pumps are very cheap and reliable.

Or do you want a diaphram hand pump?

Sorry, yes electric.


I'm having problems with the one we have, and I remember a thread on here and a certain one was metioned a few times, can't remember the make though.
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 11:04 PM

Any recommendations?

Mk1 bucket is the most reliable but I have always found the Whale gulper the best if you have a dirty bilge - John V
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 11:14 PM

Mk1 bucket is the most reliable but I have always found the Whale gulper the best if you have a dirty bilge - John V

That's the one!

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 11:54 AM

That's the one!

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And you may well find these folks (thorneycroft engines) the most competitive at £76 inc P+P

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 05:39 PM

Drainman - powered by nature. www.bhg-marine.co.uk/drainman/drainman-pump-kit
Vessel needs to move around a little though.
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 10:26 PM

Drainman - powered by nature. www.bhg-marine.co.uk/drainman/drainman-pump-kit
Vessel needs to move around a little though.


That looks great for proper sea going sailors. I suppose it might work well on the canals if you moor with very slack ropes.
You would also need a notice at either end of the boat for passing boats to read:................ *Please don't slow down*
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 10:37 PM

Yep, as PhilR says... no finer bilge pump in this world than a desperate man with a bucket.
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Posted 19 September 2012 - 12:16 PM

Is the recommended Whale Gulper the manually switched wastewater pump, the same as the one many of us use for showers, or is it a Whale bilge pump?

I've seen a Whale Gulper 220 wastewater pump fitted with a chunky float switch and used as a bilge pump. The pump itself may be too big to fit into confined spaces, but since it's self-priming, the float switch and hose can be laid in a small space in the bilges with the pump higher up.

If I were fitting new bilge pumps this is what I'd do. The advantage of a whale gulper is that they generally don't get blocked so easily.
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Posted 19 September 2012 - 12:32 PM

Is the recommended Whale Gulper the manually switched wastewater pump, the same as the one many of us use for showers, or is it a Whale bilge pump?

Don't know what everyone else was recommending, but I use the Whale Bilge Pump and am very happy with it. It replaced a Rule which I wasn't at all happy with.

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 12:58 PM

Any recommendations?

Johnson bilge pumps with removable motor cartridge, and the Rule wedge shaped float switches, bearing in mind they need a basket over to protect from debris.

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 01:12 PM

If your only sinking very slowly a cheap bike pump,''suck and squirt''. :closedeyes:
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Posted 20 September 2012 - 08:52 AM

Any recommendations?


These two won't empty your bilge completely but when it comes to capacity, nothing can touch them...

http://fastflowpump....Bilge_Pump.html
http://www.aes.net.nz/ESP.HTMl
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Posted 20 September 2012 - 09:51 AM

Any recommendations?


These two won't empty your bilge completely but when it comes to capacity, nothing can touch them...

http://fastflowpump....Bilge_Pump.html
http://www.aes.net.nz/ESP.HTMl
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Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:05 AM

Hi


This one seems a cut above the rest but make sure you buy one with a vertical outlet - it saves bending the outlet pipe and makes for a tidy installation.

Ultima combo 500


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Posted 20 September 2012 - 07:06 PM

These two won't empty your bilge completely but when it comes to capacity, nothing can touch them...

http://fastflowpump....Bilge_Pump.html
http://www.aes.net.nz/ESP.HTMl


I hadn't seen these before. I like the idea, but I find it difficult to believe that the thing wouldn't wear itself out while in "dry mode" - i.e. while running for hours on end from the engine/gearbox.

Edit: Actually having thought about it I can see some potential disadvantages to this kind of pump - chiefly having to run the engine in gear at speed while trying to deal with flooded bilges. Chances are on a canal boat if your engine bilges were flooded to the extent that this pump was actually useful, then it might well be the stern gland which was leaking, in which case you wouldn't want to be spinning the shaft at speed.

Edited by blackrose, 20 September 2012 - 07:20 PM.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 01:14 PM

Is this a bilge pump?

http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1438.l2649
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Posted 23 September 2012 - 01:37 PM

The wife ?
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