Originally Posted by Toonribber
I have an Avon 560 which I only manage to use for a couple of weeks a year as its now in the south of France. It's stored on land and only goes into the water for the time I'm there, however, I find the hull fills with quite a lot of water which isn't too much of a problem as its pulled out after 2 weeks and drained.
Problem is this year I'm going for a month so think I need a bilge pump. Just not sure how it's fitted. Do you cut away the upper deck grp and sink it into the void in the hull?
Any help appreciated
If you want to fit a bilge pump below the deck (and don't have a hatch) then you will want to:
(1) Cut a hole for a small hatch - big enough to get your hand in at least.
(2) Sea the cut edge.
(3) Fit the hatch.
(4) Put wiring in (which may involve drilling a hole inside the console?) using a gland for any through deck fitting that will be exposed to the elements or flood water if you take a big wave. You need at least a live and ground feed, but if you want an auto pump normally you will want a third "manual" live feed too.
(5) Wire those in to switches (e.g. OFF-ON-Auto).
(6) Wire to the pump and fit pump via hatch.
(7) Connect the outlet from the pump to suitable sized hose, and feed through a deck fitting and then probably over the transom.
(Alternatively you could fit a manual pump - if its a very small amount of water you could even use a very small fitting and pump like this
Bear in mind you need the pump pickup to be where water collects.
If that all sounds like too much hassle then it might be easier to work out how water is getting under the deck and seal up the gaps.