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Mark D posted 10-11-2000 08:17 AM ET (US)   Profile for Mark D  
What is the recomended make, model and size bilge pump for a Sport 13?
stagalv posted 10-11-2000 10:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for stagalv  Send Email to stagalv     
If there is water in the boat while you are running just pull the plug and drain it. If you are worried about rain water while the boat is docked, try pulling the plug and only a small amout of water should come in and not much more will accumulate during the rain. I have never had a bilge pump in a 17. Also they make hand pumps which could mount under the thwart seat.
stagalv posted 10-11-2000 11:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for stagalv  Send Email to stagalv     
Sorry, I meant "I have never had a bilge pump in a 13'"
russellbailey posted 10-11-2000 11:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for russellbailey  Send Email to russellbailey     
Go small. I've bought the smallest size for our 15' and it is plenty big - even smaller would be better, as it would leave more space in the well. I've had two different brands, both seemed fine. The pump is a luxury to have, as hand bailing works fine. We didn't have any pump in our 13 - just hand bailing (no battery either - it was hand start)

Note that our 15' won't self-bail fully - it sits with about 1" water in the back, none up front. I think this is due to the weight of the 70 hp engine with trim and tilt.

triblet posted 10-12-2000 10:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
You may find the pumps with different
capacities are the same size. For example,
the Rule 350 GPH and 500 GPH are the same
size. Either one wiill fit in the tunnel
of a Montauk.

I run a 500 GPH Rule in my Montauk, but then
every time a diver climbs in, he drags a
couple of gallons with him.

You can get "smart" pumps. They come on
briefly every three minutes. If they
sense no load, they shut right back off.
The latest ones even go to a ten minute
cycle if they sense no load several cycles
in a row. Microcomputers in bilge pumps.
What's the world coming to?

Chuck Tribolet

stagalv posted 10-12-2000 01:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for stagalv  Send Email to stagalv     
Do you suggest having a pump in a Montauk? How did you run the discharge hose etc.. ?
triblet posted 10-12-2000 02:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
The boat came (I think from the factory)
with a 350GPH dumb Rule in the tunnel under
the little hatch. I replaced it with a
500GPH smart Rule because I wanted to be
able to leave the pump on while I was diving.

It's handy to just flip a switch and dump
any water rather than having to pull the
plug and get on plane (it won't drain unless
it's planing), and it will get water in
it (about an inch) if the plug isn't in
and it's not moving.

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