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Author Topic: Tip for boats without a bulge pump  (Read 333 times)


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Tip for boats without a bulge pump
« on: December 04, 2018, 07:17:14 PM »

I once owned a 14 ft Star, tri-hull bass boat. It had a 40 hp Merc and a 14 lb, thrust MotorGuide. It had everything a much larger boat had except for a bilge pump. I rigged a bilge pump with alligator clips and set it in the bilge area. To use it, we would put the hose over the stern and hook the clips to the starting battery. Many anglers with a small boat didn't know to do this.
Old timers had a way to bail the boat few would use today. We would put the drain plug into the drain from inside the boat. Sounds stupid but there was a reason. During a heavy rain, a small boat fills quickly with water. To remove the water from the boat, start the outboard and go on plane. When on plane, remove the drain plug and put it in a pocket so it doesn't get lost. As the boat moves, a vacuum is formed around the outside of the drain hole. The vacuum literally sucks the water out the drain hole. When the water has drained, replace the drain plug. One caution: don't slow the boat while draining the water. Lose the vacuum and the water will fill the boat through the drain hole,


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Re: Tip for boats without a bulge pump
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2018, 07:21:54 PM »

Wiz,  tks for sharing the 'Ole Times' with us.  The part of removing the drain plug and getting on plane works great like you mentioned.  I had issues with that part  ~b~  I finally figured it out though...  ~shade
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Re: Tip for boats without a bulge pump
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2018, 06:14:29 AM »

After a couple 3 times bailing I bought bilge pump, much easier. I know your method of pulling the plug on plane, was just a bit chicken to try it. lo lo
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Re: Tip for boats without a bulge pump
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2018, 09:12:34 PM »

Wizard the "drain while on plane" method works well.  We had to do it often on our leaky jon boats.  Just don't do what my idiot former brother-in-law did.  He snatched the drain plug out and it flew into the river. The ONLY drain plug he had in the boat.
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