Pump out keel

cb34

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Anybody use a sump pump to bail out the keel instead of dealing with a bilge pump down in the keel. Is this possible? or do the sump pumps have be primed? thanks
 

roydawn

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CB34, I used a very small Rule bilge pump mounted to a piece of flat aluminum [1.5" wide] bent at top & screwed down. Very easy to remove & service when needed. Roy
 

MDI45

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I have the same as Roydown.....i have built a few big downeasters and it would be very hard to fit a sump in the rear section of the keel....and you would need the gen or shore power all the time
 

captainlarry84

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Shower Pump

I use a Jabsco shower drain pump with a strainer.

http://www.jabscoshop.com/flojet-marine-products/

Works great. The pump is up nice & high where you can get to it. Next the hose with a strainer on the very end & and inline strainer as seen in the photo gets pushed down into the very bottom end of the keel. It pumps a little slow but it works great for getting every drop out of the keel, plus it acts like a vacuum picking small debris that comes to rest where you never see. The adays of ramming a square rule into the bottom of the keel are over!

This pump is only for the keel. I have two rule pumps under the motor with easy access should I take on water.

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cb34

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pump

Thanks capt L, BillD just went over the bridge and spotted a 31 black fin for sale:eek:
 

captainlarry84

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As long as he did jump off the bridge....LOL some more pictures of my keel pump. As stated earlier I have two rule pumps under the motor to get a big job done.

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OLD BAY

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I have a 2.5' deep keel and use a diaphram jabsco pump. Like captain Larry's set up, it has the pump where it is easy to service, and it is self priming. I use a hose with a flat strainer on the end that sucks every drop. It is triggered by a basic float switch (as well as a manual cockpit switch) mounted on a long piece of metal. The that makes it easy to service as well. This set up has lasted 10+ years!
 

CEShawn

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I've always wondered if you could do some special coating or something and convert it to a potable water tank instead of wasting other space... but that is my "dreaming"
 


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