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Old 27 November 2008, 18:22   #21
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Bloodyhell that's good!
Don't know if it'd work on a rib though. It's worth further investigation before buying.
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Old 27 November 2008, 18:25   #22
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Would one of these http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Solar-Powered-...1%7C240%3A1318 attached to the battery and left on the boat be an option? That way you could still have an auto-bilge.
No-unless the bilge pump came on very rarely. Those small solar chargers will only stop a battery going flat when not in use.
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Old 27 November 2008, 18:38   #23
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Don't know if it'd work on a rib though. It's worth further investigation before buying.
I don't see why not mate as long as the depth from the top of the tubes to the waterline was enough. Wonder if you could rig it of the bow somehow?. I forwarded that Link to a few mates with sailing tubs' so hopefully one of them will get one and let me know the results. See if I can lend it to try it out too
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Old 28 November 2008, 04:32   #24
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No-unless the bilge pump came on very rarely. Those small solar chargers will only stop a battery going flat when not in use.
The bilge pump (we hope) wouldn't be on all the time though. So in between coming on the charger could top up the battery in anticipation of some more water.
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That solar charger is rated 1.5 watt. Thats 1.5 watt in bright sunshine.
assuming its nice weather and you get 8 hours direct sunshine then thats 12 watt hours a day, to be realistic though in the winter you could cut that by a factor of 4 or more.
a typical bilge pump will draw say 5-10 amps lets say 5A thats 60 watts.
if it runs for 1 hour, then thats 60 watt hours.
so thats 5 days to make up for 1 hour pump running in the summer and 20 days in the winter!
However a fully charged 130AH leisure battery would run the bilge pump for approx 26 hours anyway.

I like the wave powered option if it works! however i think a second battery and an electric pump in conjuction with a well fitted cover is the best way to go!
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Rather than try and find a cure wouldn't it be better to get rid of the problem? like fit a boat cover?

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Hmmm, I wish I had known about that before.
Does it work?
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Hmmm, I wish I had known about that before.
Does it work?
No idea-spotted it in the Force 4 catalogue the other day.

Has anyone seen these or know where I could get one?
http://www.smartstuff.se/pages/engel...g_jun_06_3.asp

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