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Safety bilge pump

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What is the issue?
Most yacht bilge pump arrangements are one manual pump operated from the cockpit and a central electric pump. These do not lend themselves to enduring extreme conditions where a vessel has elected to adopt a battened down strategy.

Why address this?
When a vessel has elected to adopt a 'batten down' strategy, the cockpit may be unsafe and this eliminates the use of the cockpit manual pump. In these conditions it is also critically important to reduce the draw on the battery power. Hence it is not ideal to use the power hungry central electric bilge pump.

How to address this?
Add a third manual pump in the cabin sole so that the vessel may be manually pumped without going above decks.

Ideally a crewmember should be able to lie down on the cockpit sole and operate this pump. This recommendation is very much standard in most seagoing racing yachts and should be implemented as a standard on all seagoing vessels.

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.

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