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Old 11-28-2012   #1 (permalink)
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Default Emergency Bilge Suction

Every boat I have ever had has had an emergency bilge suction off the engine.

This is my first boat that has a engine driven washdown pump common on downeast boats.

1. I should put a "wye" valve in here to be able to take a suction from the bilge right, as that should be my first emergency pump to use as to not damage the engine correct?

2. Should I still hook up a way for the main engine to suck water out. Granted I know that you risk losing the main engine with crap in the impeller. Of course a strainer of sorts is good to have.

So what do you guys have for suctions?

1. My first setup was a hard piped suction to the bilge with a Perko pump strainer, drop in end of the pipe one. This was done with two globe valve and the installer's idea was to be able to throttle what you wanted to pull out of the bilge, I did test it but always fearing of taking water back in this way too.

2. The second and third boats always had it on a Groco Safety Ball valve.

Not sure which route to go with here and since this board has been to helpful I figure I would ask.... Thanks...
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SBV for the win!
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Roger that, its the one I am used to and forgot how much I liked the flushing feature!
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I think I would actually argue with an owner to put one in, it's just a no-brainer.
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What do you think, also throw one on the deck washdown pump as well?
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Anything that can move massive amounts of water and/or needs to be winterized should have a system that can be used quickly and easily
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Maybe I can even add this for right now on GENNY and this SW pump. Agree with the winterized bit...

Groco SSC Engine Flush Kit (Safety Seacock Conversion)
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We had a T off the engines water pump along with one off the engine driven wash down pumps. I would never own an inboard that didnt. Its definatly a no brainer.

Had to use mine too.
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Default bilge pump

I have a 22 webco outboard boat. I put a 3700 rule washdown pump and plumbed a crash valve onto the pick up. I figured I have that pump might as well have it available if the sh$@ hits the fan. If I shut off thru hull and open valve on left pump will pull from bilge and i can put my 1 1/2" washdown hose overboard. I have a light weight zip tie holding valve closed so it cant be opened by mistake.
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who makes that throughhull and what's the rough cost?
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