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Old 09 May 2005, 12:31   #1
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Destroyed Bilge Pumps

The (only) casualty of our trip to Brighton and back is that both bilge pumps broke loose from their bases (which were screwed to bottom of the bilge by the transom) and then, having broken free, proceeded to commit suicide spectacularly by crashing repeatedly onto the sides and floor of the bilge.

Can anyone advise me on which pumps will cope with the strains and stresses of ribbing?

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Old 09 May 2005, 12:34   #2
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Bruce we have a 'Rule' bilge pump which survived the trip back from Brighton! It's been on the boat for a while now (maybe from before we had Blue Ice - Richard will correct me if I'm wrong!) so has been through quite a bit!
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Old 09 May 2005, 14:48   #3
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Bruce we too have a rule pump only small basic one but to date been fine. Dont know how much stick yours had on the way back, was it the pump or the fixing of it ?
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Old 09 May 2005, 17:16   #4
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I had a similar problems with a bilge pump breaking loose at the weekend – I found the cause though – stupid girlfriend trod on it twice! Still can’t complain too much she did pay for the fuel!
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My depth sensor (can't remember proper name for it) managed to come loose to on the way back, came over the back of the boat and landed inside thankfully.

I think it has only popped out... and dont think any damage has been done to it... I am going to be getting my boat lifted out this week sometime to find out
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Old 09 May 2005, 18:22   #6
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It was the pump itself... it broke around its base, where the grille is to stop leaves etc getting in... and the base is still tightly attached to the boat
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stupid girlfriend trod on it twice! Still can’t complain too much she did pay for the fuel!
Pete - please send girlfriend in post to me. Promise to return in perfect condition once her RIB fuel account is exhausted!
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Old 10 May 2005, 03:34   #8
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Mine 'free floats'.

There is a stainless tube running from top of transom, into transom well. On the end of this a small rubber hose. This then holds the pump. There are no rigid fixings.

Will post a pic when I get in tonight.
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Opened this up again as the law of sod occurred this weekend to us and our pump broke off. To be fair I think one of the kids friends may have kicked it but having taken it apart on reflection the one we did have has a plastic base with two lugs and probably not going to last in our environment too long (no well, flat on the deck). I have picked up a different one on ebay last night to get us going but long term have you got good experience of pumps on RIBs
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Old 17 May 2005, 19:09   #10
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We make our own pump mount for the race boat, which has lasted when all others have failed, pm and I'll send some details.
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