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Old 09-29-2020, 12:22 PM   #1
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Dry Bilge system

Maybe I'm the last to know about this but I was at the boatyard when I saw a Seaflo dry bilge sitting there. Much less expensive than others I've seen at the boat shows. One thing I noticed, I don't see anything about ignition protection for the pump. I'm a diesel boat so I'm not sure it matters for me but it should to any gasoline boat.



https://www.seaflo.us/product/dry-bi...tab-common_tab



Anyone familiar with it?
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Old 09-29-2020, 01:25 PM   #2
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Build Your Own DIY Arid Bilge or Dry Bilge System



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I saw that system also. Been thinking about installing one but havenít gotten around to it yet.
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Pura Vida, Thanks for sharing. I now know what the project is going to be this weekend.
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I too have the parts and it will be an over the winter upgrade
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I like dry bilges and just sop up the remaining little bit with a towel.
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I built one last month. I used a larger sponge and larger semi enclosed plastic piece. It also has 2 weights attached to keep it settled. Works great. I have a very long flat bilge so I run it 4 times a day for like 10 minutes. Works excellent.
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Where's everyone's water coming from?
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Stuffing box maybe? With old style packing rope? Or, a stuffing box needing attention? Or condensate from an air conditioner?
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Old boats often have very difficult to find leaks along toe rails, high gunnel hardware, wind driven rain and engine room vents, some anchor lockers drain there, hard to find supply plumbing leaks, sink/shower drain leaks, shaft logs, rudder logs, deck fills, old screw holes into a false bilge flooded by rotten shaft logs.......


Sure...find it and fix it...but another overlaps or starts soon enough. Why that nice link might be on a sailboat blog...some mast designs are difficult to keep sealed where they enter the cabin top....pus other sources as listed above
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Boaters have always had a challenge to keep their bilges dry; and for good reason. Water in a bilge, is one of the predominant problems yacht owners face. try to Build Your Own DIY Arid Bilge or Dry Bilge System.The solution is simple: installing a dry bilge system. A system like this will eliminate these ailments by keeping your bilge dry.
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Maybe I'm the last to know about this but I was at the boatyard when I saw a Seaflo dry bilge sitting there. Much less expensive than others I've seen at the boat shows. One thing I noticed, I don't see anything about ignition protection for the pump. I'm a diesel boat so I'm not sure it matters for me but it should to any gasoline boat.



https://www.seaflo.us/product/dry-bi...tab-common_tab



Anyone familiar with it?
I am presently installing their system in my diesel sportfish, but have a couple of dockmates who are planning to install them in their gas boats. I contacted SeaFlo and received this reply:

"Yes the DBS is ignition protected so it can be mounted in the engine room. You also have the option to put it up in the cabin for easy use and programming. I have seen them installed in quite a few places in boats.
Have a great day."

So yes, the system is safe for use in gas boats.
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I went ahead and ordered one today and will install it over the winter.
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Panbo website also has a good article on DIY'ing a dry bildge setup like the ones above.
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I have the Seaflo and the one from Dry Bilge Systems. I would highly recommend the Dry Bilge Systems or building your own. The Seaflo has some weird design choices that are irritating. It canít detect water and runs on a pre set schedule which is the worst part of it. It to also huge and loud.
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Following...using the the aircon always causes the bilge pump to run, but once it quits the flowback from the higher thruhull always leaves our deep andnarrow bilge with about 1" of water in it. Great idea!
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These systems (dyi) are great for compartments that have condensate problems, e.g. rudder Lazarettes with cooler water and moist warm air collecting condensate like a solar still. I seen a friend make one using a soft stone (soap stone) that he cut grooves in the bottom of the soap stone that lead/radiated to a central point where the suction hose port tap was. This eliminated sponge rot and was self weighting.
He sourced the pumps on Ebay, or marine shops using decarded shurflo auto sensing diaphragm pumps with failed sensors however they still worked. He just bypassed the sensor and used a cheap programable dc timer as done by the dyi guy.
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