This presents a bit of an issue with the bilge pumps.
One: How to install an electric pump when you can't reach the bottom of the bilge to install one.
Two: How to keep the manual pump hose fastened down so it doesn't float when the bilge fills up with water?
I puzzled over this for about a year. Then I remembered the installation I saw on an Island Packet a while back.
So I grabbed some cardboard and starting building some mockups. Fun times.
The idea was to make a rack that all of the bilge apparatus would attached to that could be bolted down or removed from the bilge in one piece.
Here is what I ended up with after some cutting and shaping of some plastic StarBoard lumber.
|The Bilge "Rack" Ready to Be Installed|
Using the template the rack was made from, I drilled two holes in the forward part of the bilge and epoxied two short pieces of all-thread into them so the holes at the top of the rack would slide over them.
|Looking down at the rack installed. You can see how the hose guide works and also the bolts sticking out waiting for washers and nuts to secure everything in place.|
It's a pretty tidy installation, if I do say so myself. If anything goes wrong with either pump, I can unbolt the whole thing and lift it out.
Now that the pumps were both in place, I was able to finally run the hoses up and out of the way in their final position. Here you can see them running up and over the engine compartment. The other hoses you see are the propane hose for the galley stove and a wire conduit for the water pump and port side cabin lights. As soon as I snapped this picture, I realized I should have painted this section of the compartment before installing the hoses. Woops. So I loosened them up and painted everything out before reinstalling them. Nothing like doing a job twice!