Re: [Amel] Re: Water Under Salon Floor

Sailormon <kimberlite@...>


I have never had much water in my main cabin bilge. It usually comes from a
leak at the sink, or a/c condenser line. Most frequently, it comes from my
not paying attention and overfilling the water tank. I really would not
worry about it.

Once we were hit sideways by a rogue wave and it laid the boat down on its
port side. Unfortunately, we have the fresh air vent open and the water
entered the main cabin coming out of the vent under the stairs like a fire
hydrant. Since the cockpit was full of water we had hundreds of gallons

It only took up a few hours to dry out the bilges manually.

Additionally, I think it is better to have a little leak into the bilge and
repair the leak. If you drained the cabin bilge into the engine room, you
would never know if you had a leak

Finally, in a catastrophic situation, the regular bilge pump in the engine
room will not handle as much water as would be coming into the boat.

That is why the ORC rules state that you need an additional large capacity
pump down below. In the Amel we don’t.

Fair Winds


Amel Super Maramu #376 Kimberlite


From: amelyachtowners@...
[mailto:amelyachtowners@...] On Behalf Of svsummerlove
Sent: Saturday, March 31, 2012 10:35 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel] Re: Water Under Salon Floor

Thanks Eric. I think those would be great as spares.

I'm still wondering why the water doesn't drain into the engine room bilge
by design though. It's a lot easier to have the bilge pump and its automatic
float switch taking care of the water, than having to rig up a stand-by
system when needed. Unless one is constantly checking under the salon floor
for the water level, or has installed alarm switches like Bill on Bebe, it
probably wouldn't be apparent until the water got above the floor.

SM 340
Summer Love

--- In amelyachtowners@...
<> , Sailormon <kimberlite@...>

I keep a very large Edson Diaphragm pump in the bilge in front of the sink
along with its hoses, I also keep an electric 24 volt ,3200GPH pump with
hoses and electrical cable with battery clips attached in an adjoining
bilge. These would be my pumps to use in an emergency.

Fair Winds


Amel Super Maramu #376 Kimberlite


From: amelyachtowners@...
<> ] On Behalf Of svsummerlove
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2012 1:29 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel] Water Under Salon Floor

Thanks for the reply and the tip for using the wet vac Richard.

As I said in my original post, I already know where the water came from. I
just have to be alert enough to realize it's accumulating there before it
creates a mess. The air conditioner managed to dump about 40-50 gallons into
every compartment under there before I realized what was happening. The
water was within 3" of the floorboards at the companionway. At least it was
clean fresh water, but it soaked all my spares.

My biggest concern right now is that I have a boat with no way to pump
water out of the main cabin in case of a hull breach. Any hole in the middle
section of the hull, or any failure of a hatch or port in the right
conditions, and I'll have sea water pouring into an area that can't be
pumped out. The only way to get that water to the bilge pump is to open up
one of the water-tight doors and wait until the level is high enough to pour
over the sill into one of the shower stalls. By that time, it will be high
enough to be sloshing all over the 24VDC to 12VDC converters under the nav
station, which supply power to ALL the electronics. That's the dumbest thing
I've ever heard of... a boat with no way for incoming sea water to drain
naturally into the bilge. I have no doubt AMEL has a logical reason for
designing it this way. I just can't figure out what it is right now.

Does anyone else have any idea why it's been designed this way.

Summer Love

--- In amelyachtowners@...
<> , Richard03801 <richard03801@>

Hi the most likely leak is from the companion way. There is a rubber
seal on the cockpit side that is the likely problem. Or you may have over
filed the water tank. On the Maramu there was a plug that could BE removed
to drain the area. There has never been a post that I can recall about
floating floorboards. When you do get water under there a shop/water vac
does the job very well.

Regards and good luck SM209 for sale in Annapolis.

Richard Piller

Cell 603 767 5330

On Mar 29, 2012, at 19:57, "svsummerlove" <svsummerlove@> wrote:

I've had two instances where a considerable amount of water has
accumulated in the storage compartments under the floor of the salon in my
SM. One was due to the air conditioning unit freezing up and dumping
condensation water into it. The other was a heavy rain squall with the
middle hatch left open.

What I've discovered, is there is no way for any of that water to
drain into the bilge so it can be pumped overboard. It will continue to rise
until it literally starts to cover the salon floor, soaking everything
stored under there in the process. I've looked everywhere for a plugged
drain hole or closed drain valve. It's just a big tub under there. There are
hoses running through this area, which carry drain water from the chain
locker, forward cabin and shower to the bilge sump, but nothing to drain the
salon area itself.

Am I missing something here? I can't believe AMEL would design it that
way on purpose, or forget to install it on an individual boat. It would be
easy enough for me to splice into the forward hose where it goes through the
bulkhead into the engine room, and put a shut-off valve on it so it
maintains the integrity between the water-tight doors. Before I do that
though, how does everyone else deal with getting rid of water under the main
salon other than bailing it out with a pail and a sponge?

Many thanks,

SM 340
Summer Love

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