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bc posted 01-01-2002 10:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for bc  
Greetings and Happy New Year,

I was thinking this topic has been covered in the last year but I can't find the thread. Anyway, Is there any need to install a bilge pump on the 15'? Is boat is kept in the dry all the time. Only time I think it would be used if a cruser wave or storm came up rather quickly or is pulling the plug just as effiecient? Thanks for any input.

djahncke posted 01-01-2002 10:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
I find pulling the plug works great on my 15 sport. As long as the boat is up on a plane it drains very quickly. If you are not on a plane it still drains but at a more modest rate. Only twice in the 22 years I've had the this whaler has a wave come over the bow. In both cases it was my mistake for throttling down at the wrong time. Being a whaler the boat quickly forgave me for my mistake, I can't say the same for my passengers!
where2 posted 01-02-2002 12:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
On my 15' Sport, I installed an Attwood 500gph with built in switch mounted in the drain-plug well, plumbed over the top of the engine well using PVC pipe. Only trick is the 90 bend coming out of the pump and heading straight up. I used an old automotive radiator hose I had kicking around from my VW. I got extravagant and made a Starboard (TM) cover to hide the whole thing and keep me from twisting my ankle on the hole in the floor. Also keeps me from stepping on the pump.

Comes in real handy when a storm blows up that requires both hands on the wheel, while you are taking lapping waves over the side in a quartering sea, and spray over the bow. No fiddling with the plug... Just pull dash switch. Owned boat 6 years, on second pump, but I boat year round (South Florida). (Experience described above was an afternoon thunderstorm on the Atlantic Ocean)

Flipper posted 01-07-2002 11:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Flipper  Send Email to Flipper     
I have a pump (Rule 350 gph) in mine because of my layout. The mahogany hatch and backrest was very uncomfortable to reach over to pull the plug while underway, and I was getting water over the well quite often with my setup.
Where2, I like the Starboard cover idea!
jameso posted 01-08-2002 01:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
Guess I am from old school but,,,Why Not? I mean the bilge pump is a fairly inexpensive piece of equipment and is really handy. You will spend $8/10 bucks on a spool of special fishing line but not a few more bucks for a safety item.
Last year I had my 15 in a local fresh water lake, the kids and I left and were in the picnic area, came the classic southern down pour, the boat was 5/6 inches of water, yes I know to pull the plug and get the boat on plane and it will drain, but why?? I turned on the bilge pump, put the kids in their life vest and by then we had a dry bilge. I also use the bilg pump for a bait aerator.
The thing cost $29 and is worth every cent.
my 03, Jim Armstrong.
Hoop posted 01-08-2002 10:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Jim, How do you use the bilge pump for an aerator? What do you do in terms of connections to the livewell? What do you do regarding the plug?
San Jose, CA

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