Steve_M

Mako bilge pump

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I have a 1976 mako 19. It doesn’t have a bilge pump. I was wondering if anyone knows if I need to add one or the self bailing will take care of it. I want to add one and the bilge has a bulkhead where I can’t get a Discharge hose to the side. I can come up through the deck and run it over the transom. I know that’s not the right way to do it. But I’m hoping I won’t need one. I do plan on leaving it in the water.

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58 mins ago, ColinF said:

You 100% need to put a bilge pump in with a float switch, especially if you are keeping it in the water

Ditto the above. 

 

One option is cut a hole in the liner on the side to access discharge install and cover with a pie plate.  I'd probably opt for your option.

 

You definately need one.  My friend's 19 Mako has sank more than a couple times in its slip because his battery ran down.  I would suggest rigging a solar charger to keep the battery topped off as well.

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I might have to come through the deck at the stern. There is a what I call a bulkhead to both sides from bow to stern so it leaves a 2 foot  void down the keel of the boat. There is no way I can get the hose to discharge out the side

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What you are calling the bulkheads sound like your stringers, look closely they should have left a cutout in it for the bilge hose. 

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10 hours ago, Billybob said:

What you are calling the bulkheads sound like your stringers, look closely they should have left a cutout in it for the bilge hose. 

Thank you tor your help. When I get over to the boat I’ll check. I’ll get back to you

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You're not inventing the wheel. Go to one of the big Mako owners websites and ask them, I'm sure several people have done it on that exact same boat.

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On 3/16/2020 at 7:15 PM, Steve_M said:

Thank you tor your help. When I get over to the boat I’ll check. I’ll get back to you

I have the same boat, a '79 19 Mako.  I can send pictures if you need them in a few weeks when I undo my tarps for spring. 

 

I have two bilge pumps, one on both side of the stringer and I've run the hoses through the deck in the starboard stern over the transom, works great.  I dry store the boat so I don't have a float switch, but I intend to get a slip next year and will have to rewire and setup a float switch. 

 

Definitely add a bilge or two... you're running a 40 year old boat that tend to be much heavier than a 2000's one. 

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7 hours ago, Wizumz said:

I have the same boat, a '79 19 Mako.  I can send pictures if you need them in a few weeks when I undo my tarps for spring. 

 

I have two bilge pumps, one on both side of the stringer and I've run the hoses through the deck in the starboard stern over the transom, works great.  I dry store the boat so I don't have a float switch, but I intend to get a slip next year and will have to rewire and setup a float switch. 

 

Definitely add a bilge or two... you're running a 40 year old boat that tend to be much heavier than a 2000's one. 

That would help. Thanks. I was thinking of doing the same

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