Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bilge pump

ianjenkins1946 <>

hi, In our experience of living aboard on and off for 6 years the automatic bilge pump performs wonders. However, taking a tip form a Swiss Sharki owner we met about 20 years ago, we put the foot of a nylon stocking over the two pipe ends ( forward shower and galley) as they flow into the bilge in the engine room . We had Amel fit a couple of stainless pipes about 6 cm long to the existing ends of the pipes which allows us to fit the stocking on with what I call a nylon jubilee clip.
The stocking catches lot of soap, food bits etc and we just renew it every 6 weeks or so.
In due course, if you dont clean out the bilge from time to time a nasty smell can work its way up the aft shower drain pipe. You will notice this for the first time in rough weather, when you least need it and can do nothing about it! The solution, of course, is to fit a simple water trap to the aft shower drain pipe just as it enters the bilge in the engine room....another job I keep meaning to do...
I cant answer your first question as we have no intake cock in the forward head--it comes from the engine room but I think your surmise is correct.
Heres to a dry boat, Cheers, Ian and Judy , Pen Azen, SM 302

From: "sailw32" <>
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bilge pump
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2007 14:21:46 -0000

I just purchased a sm a month ago,and I have a couple of
questions.First,in the event that say the supply hose for the foreward
head began to leak at the seacock, how would the water find its way to
the bilge other than to rise to the level to where it could flow
through the shower drain?What if the flow rate exceeded the drains
capacity?Secondly,on my previous boats, I went to great lenght to
insure nothing got into my deep bilge ,but water.I was surprised that
the showers as well as as the galley sinks empty to the bilge.Does that
not create a potential for the bilge to accumulate matter that could
block the pump intake?

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