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Eric S posted 05-02-2001 11:55 AM ET (US)   Profile for Eric S   Send Email to Eric S  
Do I need an electric bilge pump for a 15 footer, or will a hand pump and sponge be enough. The boat will be kept in the water, and has a 70 hp Evinrude on the back.
Makonut posted 05-03-2001 12:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Makonut  Send Email to Makonut     
A definite YES. I used a handpump ONCE! That was one too many! The little Rule is inexpensive. You can also set it up with a water sensor..Trust me, it saves the day when your not in the mood for a workout.


Ferdinando posted 05-03-2001 09:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ferdinando  Send Email to Ferdinando     
Don't go without the pump, I had two on my
15' SS. A 700 gal Attwood in the bilge and
a 500 rule under hidden under the seat.

I know it's a little overkill but it saved
my can more then once, these Caribbean waters hold many surprises...

Good boating, Fred

Tom W Clark posted 05-03-2001 10:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
No, you don't need a bilge pump in a 15. If you want one then fine, but you do not need one. I had a 15 Striper which was on a mooring for two years and never pumped the bilge either manually or otherwise. You simply pull the plug while the boat is in motion (doesn't necessarily need to be on plane) and the water drains out.

If you are concerned about rain accumulating then this is what you need: a mooring cover, preferably a Mills with the Whaler clips. I almost never left my boats outside overnight without their covers and that's one reason why they always looked so good.

lpaton posted 05-03-2001 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for lpaton  Send Email to lpaton     
Back in the days when I used to dive I was looking after a marine research programme in Senegal. I had an old 15' whaler as one of my work boats. One day my partner (now my ex) and I headed out to the ocean by pushing off from the beach ( instead of from the river and around the Barbary spit which was an additional 10 miles). The boat was full of dive tanks, weights,instruments,lunch etc. Three to four foot rollers were running that day and one broke on the nose just as we were getting out of the breaker zone. The boat was full of water to the gunnals with bouys and lifejackets floating all around . I pulled the plug,hit the gas and hoped another one didn't break on us. None did and the boat emptied in short order. That was my first real appreciation of a Whaler and I swore that some day I would own one. I finally did 15 years later.

No you don't need a bilge pump in a 15 footer.

Tsuriki BW posted 05-03-2001 02:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Maybe I am over cautious, but if you can afford it, put one in. It is just another safety feature. A dead motor can leave you in a bad situation if you hit a rain storm/squall, leaking cover while you are away, lots of situations. You may not NEED one, but....

I carry spares of lots of things I don't think I need.

Just my opinion


russellbailey posted 05-03-2001 04:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for russellbailey  Send Email to russellbailey     
No, you don't need one. Even if you are dead in the water, and with the 70 hp engine, you should float with the plug out with no more than an inch or two of water in the boat with several people in it. With no people, our Striper 15 settles with water up to the cooler seat for the driver, depth of about 1" at the back.

But, it is convenient. We almost exclusively ski with the boat. The low sides are great as you can flip right in with no ladder, but you pull a lot of water in doing that. The bilge pump is nicer to just dump the water out rather than waiting until you get moving again. Particularly since we regularly ski with just the boat driver using mirrors, it is nicer to be able to focus completely on driving the skier.

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