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Old 08-15-2006, 08:06 AM
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Also, if you have sea strainers and a cutoff valve; you can flip the cutoff valve to shut off water from coming in through the drive, and remove the lid of the sea strainer and let your motor pump water out.
That is great to know. Thanks Sydwayz.

I had a buddy that told me years ago that he would have lost his boat for the exact same reason, but they stuffed a life vest in the hole and it blocked the water enough that the pump kept it floating.

I have always remembered that and have a live vest just for that purpose.
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Also, if you have sea strainers and a cutoff valve; you can flip the cutoff valve to shut off water from coming in through the drive, and remove the lid of the sea strainer and let your motor pump water out.
That is a really good idea that I never would have thought about. I wonder how many gallons an hour a 525 can suck?
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Old 08-15-2006, 08:08 AM
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Also, if you have sea strainers and a cutoff valve; you can flip the cutoff valve to shut off water from coming in through the drive, and remove the lid of the sea strainer and let your motor pump water out.

Wow I never thought about that. That's pure genious.......McGyver style.
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Damn shame, that's a great looking boat. Good thing no one was hurt, that's the most important.
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Sidewayz take that pump and toss it in the trash. As Cuda stated the actually GPH is much less after you put a hose on that thing and then have to lift the water. The longer the hose the less it pumps. I have 2 1500's in my boat with seperate floats, plus 1 that is over 3000. The neatest trick that I was shown was to pull off the water pump hose going from the transom assembly and to the motor. Drop that into the bilge and start up the motor. Keep an eye on the water level and start and stop the engine as needed. Those things pump MAD amounts of water.

Something seems wrong about this story however. If he was floating for a hour (even if we say 1/2 hour) They were not able to get assistance? Could not get the boat back to shore on the other motor?
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Damn shame, that's a great looking boat. Good thing no one was hurt, that's the most important.

SO true, Glad no one was hurt
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Sydwayz take that pump and toss it in the trash.

Something seems wrong about this story however. If he was floating for a hour (even if we say 1/2 hour) They were not able to get assistance? Could not get the boat back to shore on the other motor?
I have tested it and it works. The discharge hose is long, but it can be cut short in a jiffy if needed. Its also smooth bore and not flex hose which helps water flow. I don't expect it save a boat on its own, but its definately worth while to help the factory installed bilge pump(s).



I do agree with your second assesement. It seems like they may have thought the bilge pumps were going to save it, until the batteries started running down and the pumps began to slow. (Hence the reason my portable unit and the jumpbox.)
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Took and hour to go down?? I mean damn I would have been back there cramming towels and duct tape to keep it afloat. They couldn't get to a boat slip or trailer in an hour??

Anyway, i am glad everyone is OK, you can replace the boat.

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Wow I never thought about that. That's pure genious.......McGyver style.
I can't take the credit. Its been posted on here before as well as used successfully.

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Twin pumps is the way. I think they are 1000 GPH or 1500 in our rig...

I broke a drive baffle once and the pumps were more than enough for the river coming in.

Forgetting plugs doesn't even phase those pumps also.
Sunsation does install multiple bilge pumps in their boats. Glad everyone is OK.
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