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  • Bilge Pump Debris Protection

    I'm need to figure out a good way to keep debris out of my bilge pumps. The tree in my back yard sheds small seeds that find their way into my boat and then wash down into the bilge. These seeds are the perfect size to jam in the bilge pump's impeller, as I have seen before at the most inopportune time.

    One idea was putting the pump into a women's nylon stocking, but I think it will reduce flow. Also thought of using a swamp cooler pump "basket" to filter the water,



    but stuff could get over the top of the basket.

    What do you guys use?
    2001 Crestliner SuperHawk 1800, Mercruiser 140HP
    2007 Tracker 1436 jon boat, 7.5HP Force


  • #2
    Re: Bilge Pump Debris Protection

    put a cover on the boat when stored.
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    • #3
      Re: Bilge Pump Debris Protection

      How about getting some aluminum mesh from Mcmaster-Carr with an opening width slightly smaller than the seeds. Wrap it around the bilge pump with some nylon cable ties.

      Any opinions expressed above are worth exactly what you paid for them!

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      • #4
        Re: Bilge Pump Debris Protection

        12 x 20 blue tarp - $15.00....10 bungie cords - $ 12.00..Results = priceless
        Nec aspera terrent

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        • #5
          Re: Bilge Pump Debris Protection

          agree with the cover but i've seen some rather rednecked buddies use window screen wrapped around the pump.

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          • #6
            Re: Bilge Pump Debris Protection

            Originally posted by salty87 View Post
            agree with the cover but i've seen some rather rednecked buddies use window screen wrapped around the pump.
            Ditto - beat me to the punch.
            By the way, I resemble that remark!
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            • #7
              Re: Bilge Pump Debris Protection

              Down here we can get brass/bronze window screens for salty environments. You can also get a plastic or fiberglass screen material, but don't know how well it would hold up with pretty much constant contact with water.

              You may want to build a little cage around the pump so that it takes more material to clog the pump. Make sure you pump can run dry, if not the screen is going to eventually block the flow and you are going to ruin your pump unless the screen is monitored for buildup

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              • #8
                Re: Bilge Pump Debris Protection

                The boat is covered 99% of the time while parked, but there are times when the boat can't be covered, working on it, loading, drying out after being soaked, etc. .. this is when the seeds blow into the boat.

                Thought of the window screen too, guess it will work if I can't find something that will work better.
                2001 Crestliner SuperHawk 1800, Mercruiser 140HP
                2007 Tracker 1436 jon boat, 7.5HP Force

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                • #9
                  Re: Bilge Pump Debris Protection

                  I glue a round closed cell outer pre-filter to the bilge floor. The type used over a paper filter on a shop-vac or riding mower to keep the large debris out.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Bilge Pump Debris Protection

                    how about a chain saw? cut down the tree!
                    problem solved!!

                    woosterken
                    woosterken
                    '74 MFG gypsy
                    '95 F150 4X4

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                    • #11
                      Re: Bilge Pump Debris Protection

                      Originally posted by woosterken View Post
                      how about a chain saw? cut down the tree!
                      problem solved!!

                      woosterken
                      I knew someone was going to suggest that,,, or sweep all the seeds off the roof of the house,,, daily
                      2001 Crestliner SuperHawk 1800, Mercruiser 140HP
                      2007 Tracker 1436 jon boat, 7.5HP Force

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