Freezing is a valid concern. If storing on the hard, many people have
installed a garboard drain. An alternative for in or out of the water is
the arid bilge product at the link below. It is an impressively effective
display at the boat show but it carries an equally impressive price point
as I recall.
Another option that is not quite as effective is using a positive
displacement pump instead of a centrifugal like most of the RULE pumps.
This will allow slightly more water to be removed before the pump sucks
air. The nice thing is that it will pump air and effectively dry the
suction and discharge lines if it is allowed to run long enough.
S/V Sea Hawk
1989 C&C 37+
On Feb 12, 2018 4:39 PM, "Brien Sadler via CnC-List" <email@example.com>
> The only reason I worry about the mast leak is water in the bilge in the
> winter. It’s probably from being a submariner for close to 20 years, that
> in my mind water in the bilge is a big “No No”. I don’t want it turning to
> ice and causing problems. I have a bottle that catches most of the water
> that drips to the mast step, but when we have a couple of deluge days like
> we had yesterday in CT the bottle over flows into the bilge. I poured a
> little anti-freeze in the bilge at the beginning of the season to keep any
> over flow from freezing, and that worked pretty well. Since it was warm out
> today I vacuumed everything out and it’s dry but who knows in the next 2-3
> months how many more 3-4 inches of rain days we’re going to have. Any other
> suggestions on rain water in the bilge and how to deal with it in the
> winter would be great.
> Also, I think I’m going to leave the keel bolts just like they are and
> inspect on a regular basis. They seem to be fine and the previous owners
> left them that way and they seemed to know what they were doing. So I’ll
> just keep an eye on it. Thanks again.
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