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Old 10 August 2014, 13:19   #1
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cover bilge

I recently had someone tread on my bilge pump and killed it whilst replacing today i got thinking this is so vulnerable to damage what is is needed is a protection grill has anyone ever done this?
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Looks like a Ribcraft Bilge, I spoke to Mark at RC about this and they can do it for you. It was a stainless plate with lots of holes in it
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that was quick reply thanks yes Ribcraft 5.3m well spotted anybody got a picture of one fitted?
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I've seen it done on dive boats and considered on my but in the end I'd rather have the access and be a bit more careful!

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all it needs is grill that is easy to remove to clean but held in some how so that it does not bounce around
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Does it have to completely cover the pump?

I used to race on a boat where the plugs that connected the masthead instruments to the gear below deck kept getting kicked out, which caused quite a few problems. In the end we made up this cover for them, it basically consisted of 2 U-shaped pieces of metal, welded together at 90 degrees to one and other with another circular piece of metal wrapped around the outside of the whole thing. Each 'leg' of the cage then just screwed into the deck. It was dirt cheap, easy to install and stopped the plugs getting kicked out.

It wasn't an off the shelf thing, not sure exactly who made it for us but I imagine that anyone with the right equipment and materials would be able to do something similar.

I don't know if that's easily achievable for you, but it certainly helped us out.
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i am thinking just a stainless plate with holes with fittings other than screws to be able to remove many times for cleaning
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I recently had someone tread on my bilge pump and killed it whilst replacing today i got thinking this is so vulnerable to damage what is is needed is a protection grill has anyone ever done this?
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yes exactly that idea but what holds it in to stop it bouncing around?
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yes exactly that idea but what holds it in to stop it bouncing around?
Simple snap fastener works fine for me

I Cnc router cut this from 4mm marine grade ali then powder coated it to match,, worked well,,

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