[Public-List] A new engine adventure...Anyone using the engine water pump as a bilge pump?
Michael Grosh via Public-List
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Sat Jul 9 03:58:21 PDT 2016
is that shut off valve a ball valve(90 degree on/off)? Most that i have
seen, even though advertised as stainless (usually chromed stainless,
sometimes coated with teflon) the shaft driving the whole thing is not
and that is what rusts through. Probably why you don't have a handle.
Not repairable, but the good news is they are not that expensive.
I have never been a fan of Y valves, it looks like a lot of packing and
seating that is just not necessary for this application. You already
have a seacock in the thru hull, a usable valve with a short hose and
you are in business.
I use my T setup for winterizing-it makes sucking antifreeze through the
system a snap, but be aware the jabsco impellors really don't like
trash, dewatering the bilge really calls for a good screen. On the
theory that catastrophes are a series of accidents, overheating the
engine due to a shelled waterpump while sinking is not a solution to the
BTW, I am not convinced a lot of water is moved by the engine cooling
system. I am thinking at most 4-5 gallons/minute. That can be a lot of
minutes when the floorboards are floating. A scared man and a bucket
makes the best bilge pump.
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