Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bilge pump service
Robin Cooter <robincooter@...>
Craig,toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
You are absolutely right. We have never had a joker valve on our strum box, which, in our case, is nothing more than wire mesh. I will keep a lookout for a stum box with a joker valve.
Belouga, Santorin 004.
Craig & Katherine <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Your technique of using the manual pump to clear "muck" is a good
one that works well for me.
Priming used to be an issue, but that "joker" valve in the "strum"
box,(rubber thingy with three star points facing up, like the valve
in your toilet discharge line) is meant to keep the suction hose
filled with water, so no priming issue.
Sounds like your "joker" valve is missing or old and crusty - mine
was gone and I just happened to spot a new strum box that had the
joker included - voila! problem solved.
Craig Briggs - Santorin #68
--- In email@example.com, Robin Cooter
A problem that I have experienced after having manually pumped the
bilge - the manual hose goes lower than the electric hose so I can
clear some of the muck that accumulates, however careful you are, at
the bottom of the bilge - the electric pump can't self prime
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