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tnlegendracer

Idea for Putting Boat Away & Water in Bilge

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tnlegendracer

The other day in Lowes I saw that DeWalt makes an 18V wet/dry vac. I've never liked the idea that I couldn't get all the water out of the bilge of my boat before covering (the water that's below the lip of the floor drain). Probably no more than 3-4 cups, but I just don't like it being in there. Wonder if that thing would suck it out? I keep a DeWalt 18V set on the houseboat for regular maintenance...

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Pistol Pete

I'm sure it would but, how about a big handful of paper towels? A lot less work.

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Bill_AirJunky

Or any shop vac?

Or pull the rear plug & drive up a hill?

Or comes to terms with the fact that it's a boat & boats get wet. :crazy:

Edited by Bill_AirJunky

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tvano

i've had good luck with the synthetic 'ultimate chamois'.

keep 2 in the boat.

used to wipe the boat down daily and last several seasons.

2 to 3 cups of water would only take a few 'dips' w the chamois.

edit: added synthetic

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tnlegendracer

I should've included:

1) boat doesn't get put back on trailer, stays at dock on lift and

2) any shopvac would work if there were a place to store it @ rented slip or it would have to be small enough to store inside the boat. That's what I liked about the cordless deal.

Tried the chamois thing, but I don't like dripping bilge water from middle to side of boat to wring out.

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WakingMeHappy

Sounds like a battery operated vac should work. If it doesn't then worst case would be to get a refund.

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my malibu

i bought a 2 gallon shop vac and a invertor

works great stays in boat all the time

good for the little messes the young ones do

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dalt1

Or any shop vac?

Or pull the rear plug & drive up a hill?

Or comes to terms with the fact that it's a boat & boats get wet. :crazy:

I have not found a hill steep enough to get all the water out my VLX with the plugs pulled. Don't know where it hides but it does. Still have to wet vac when I get home.

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asnowman

I should've included:

1) boat doesn't get put back on trailer, stays at dock on lift and

2) any shopvac would work if there were a place to store it @ rented slip or it would have to be small enough to store inside the boat. That's what I liked about the cordless deal.

Tried the chamois thing, but I don't like dripping bilge water from middle to side of boat to wring out.

I bought that same littel vac a couple years ago now, and use it all the time. The battery actually lasts a surprisingly long time. It would be great for getting that last bit of water out. Plus its also corded for use around the house.

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mikeyg

I keep a couple of shamwows on the boat. Work great for getting that bit of water out.

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knaackm

I use a water canon. Works great and gives me an uxcuse to have a little fun as well...

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woody

I use a water canon. Works great and gives me an uxcuse to have a little fun as well...

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good idea

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MalibuNation

For the little water I have left I use ... of all things ... a turkey baster.

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JDubya

Consistant 90+ degrees helps for me...

Water is gone within a day after I put it back in the shed... :biggrin:

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Pistol Pete

I use a water canon. Works great and gives me an uxcuse to have a little fun as well...

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Same here but, I have the larger version. Not that I have a lot of water in the bilge but, I have to get those kids from far away.

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Malibuzer

Same here but, I have the larger version. Not that I have a lot of water in the bilge but, I have to get those kids from far away.

I have two of the large ones as well. Works great for both applications.

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EagleRiverMike

I have the Dewalt cordless shop vac and it works great. You can get about 5 minutes of good strong run time per battery charge. I use mine mainly to clean and dry the carpet on the pontoon before I cover it up. It sucks the carpet pretty dry quickly so I am sure it can suck water out of a bilge.

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Lance B. Johnson

Water in the bilge is more of a concern of mine also. Not that I mind water in the bilge per se, but it is the humidity in the garage I am going to have to deal with. I am getting mold, mildew etc......extracting the water out of the bilge will help.

I will be buying a dehumidifier as well as doing a better job about drying the boat before storage.

Edited by Ruffdog

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Steve B.

Same here but, I have the larger version. Not that I have a lot of water in the bilge but, I have to get those kids from far away.

LOL, that way you dont have to chase after them !

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Michigan boarder

LOL, that way you dont have to chase after them !

That's right, no chasing, just pivoting!

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shawndoggy

Water in the bilge is more of a concern of mine also. Not that I mind water in the bilge per se, but it is the humidity in the garage I am going to have to deal with. I am getting mold, mildew etc......extracting the water out of the bilge will help.

I will be buying a dehumidifier as well as doing a better job about drying the boat before storage.

I've got a spare bilge pump because I thought mine was bad when it wasn't. I am thinking about installing it in the middle by the T-plug and the mid tank connections, then running hose to the back and Y-ing in with the factory pump. The only thing that's keeping me from doing it is how the heck do you install the bilge pump? I sure don't want to screw it into the hull!

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drc007

Your hull is probly atleast 1.5 inches think I would think ... So a Little 1/2 inch screw probly won't affect anything .. One other possible solution would be to completely dry the inside of the lOcker and sand a small spot and JB weld the bottom on the bilge pump to the bottom of the locker ... I'm also thinking about doing the same thing in my 97 SS

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drc007

Your hull is probly atleast 1.5 inches think I would think ... So a Little 1/2 inch screw probly won't affect anything .. One other possible solution would be to completely dry the inside of the lOcker and sand a small spot and JB weld the bottom on the bilge pump to the bottom of the locker ... I'm also thinking about doing the same thing in my 97 SS

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Pistol Pete

I've got a spare bilge pump because I thought mine was bad when it wasn't. I am thinking about installing it in the middle by the T-plug and the mid tank connections, then running hose to the back and Y-ing in with the factory pump. The only thing that's keeping me from doing it is how the heck do you install the bilge pump? I sure don't want to screw it into the hull!

Just drill real shallow and use a short screws. That's what I did. That's how it's done at the factory.

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Badger

Your hull is definitely not 1.5" thick. I just installed my ballast inlets in the center and rear. It's max 3/4" thick. I was very surprised at how thin it really was when going through with the hole saw. I don't think I'd use any screws bigger than 3/8", depending on the thickness of the attachment point of the pump.

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