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Richard M

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Bilge Pump
« on: October 27, 2010, 05:39:47 PM »

I thought about fitting a bilge pump to my WIP Robbe Atlantis, either fully automatic or switched via the R/C but I have no idea how to go about it or what hardware to use. Any suggestions?

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Re: Bilge Pump
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2010, 06:01:31 PM »

Loads of stuff on here, do a search for "Bilge Pump"
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Richard M

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Re: Bilge Pump
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2010, 02:51:35 PM »

Taa, I will
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Re: Bilge Pump
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2010, 06:29:22 PM »

Go for automatic
You will have a problem knowing when it needs to switch on when the boat is in the middle of the pond O0 O0

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Re: Bilge Pump
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2010, 12:07:44 AM »

Well, there's an easy solution. This unit is self contained, and readily available.

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXDZ48&P=0
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Richard M

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Re: Bilge Pump
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2010, 02:44:38 PM »

Thanks for advice. Middle of pond comment makes sense.

Warwickshire exhibition coming up so will look for UK version of Captain Jacks suggestion there.

Rich.
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Re: Bilge Pump
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2010, 10:54:44 PM »

would it not be safer to locate the source of the leak ? i have a kysosho seawind that took on water when i first got her , traced my leak to the original hatch bending & letting water in , solved my problem with some 5mm clear prespex , 5 x 40mm x m4 stainless steel nuts & bolts 7 5 m4 wing nuts and a length of 6mm half round neopreen rubber , ive made my own hatch and cured the leak !   
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Re: Bilge Pump
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2010, 11:37:49 AM »

We manufacture and retail a Bilge Pump Control plus pump and yes we will be at the Warwick show stand 28.
See you there!!
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Richard M

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Re: Bilge Pump
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2010, 07:05:08 PM »

I agree it would be better to prevent leak but I was thinking belt and braces, also I like bits of technology.

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Re: Bilge Pump
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2010, 11:07:02 PM »

I used to have an old square rigger that weaked like a basket in hot weather (Twas and old singled planked hull)  I used a car windscreen washer pump and a cork with a contact strip glued on it as a float switch connected to its own battery ...as soon as the boat got 1/4 inch of water in it the pump did its work ..,very low tec... very cheap ...worked every time
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Richard M

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Re: Bilge Pump
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2010, 03:44:42 PM »

Great idea, I need to find a scrapyard, they all seem to be turning into trading estates

Richard
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Re: Bilge Pump
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2010, 08:33:53 PM »

Richard
  Most auto shops carry the pumps,  (7.00 to 14.00) the trick is to find one that works on 6v, most cars are 12v ,thats why I fitted mine with it's own battery
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Re: Bilge Pump
« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2010, 10:06:44 PM »

Thanks to Capt Jack for the Tower Hobby steer.

The RAM 45 Boatsaver w/ pump looks like it will do the job.  Would like to see a pickup tube option but the base mount should work
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Re: Bilge Pump
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2012, 04:27:51 PM »

Just thought I'd share afew photos that show the Ram Boat Saver installed in a two of boats. The product is a very simple and effective devise that is actuated when water in the bilge contact a two pronged plug that you locate in a place in the hull that the water would go first, once the water touches the two contacts it completes the circuit the pump activates and it also activates a warning light that can be located at some point on the boat you can see from the shore. It is power by a separate 9V so there is no drain on the boat's batteries. It shuts off when the water level drops below the contacts.

It is a bit large for many RC sailboats - could work on boats larger than 1 Meter. I installed them in two of my electric scale boats that I felt could easily sink in the event of a major influx of water. These things are not expensive, and provide a peace of mind worth the investment. I have added some foam to the larger Coast Guard boat, but the Chris Craft doesn't offer much space to enough foam to keep it afloat,  thus the pump.

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