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bilge pump
where is the best place place a bilge pump on a RL 24 1982
Tom McCormick8-Dec-2015    Edit    Delete 
Re: bilge pump
Tom.
It would be best to fix the problem leak and stop the water coming in first, then, the best solution to get rid of any condensation water is simply a bucket and a big sponge.
(The best bilge pump ever was a frightened crew member with a bucket)
Rob Legg13-Dec-2015    Edit    Delete 
Re: bilge pump
I've been contemplating this too, and it looks as if a cheap eBay unit would pass the requirements


In my case its a matter of "in an emergency" something is all ready at work and giving me a good chance of saving the boat aswell as myself.

Got a sneaky suspicion it may well be a requirement under the boating rules nowdays too
Kingy 17-Dec-2015    Edit    Delete 
Re: bilge pump
I have RL434 which is a drop keel made in about 1982.

When sailing in heavy weather, its normal for water to squirt up the keel case and land on the floor. When planing which is often 8 to 12 knots, water also sqirts up the keel case. Most times wejust sponge it up and the floor is a bit cleaner. On longer passages the crew does a bit of baling to keep the flooding under control.

A bit of water in the bilge is no big deal, remember the yacht has lots of flotation chambers so the worst that would happen is being swamped and a bilge pump won't do much once the yacht is swamped.

greg18-Dec-2015    Edit    Delete 

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