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Best Place for a Bilge Pump on a Catalina 25.

Discussion in 'Ask A Catalina Owner' started by Barkaroo, Jan 10, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Barkaroo


    Joined Jan 10, 2018
    2 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina 25
    Runamok US Lake Lanier
    Hi... I am new here and I bought a Catalina 25 a year ago. I've wanted to install an electric bilge pump but I am not sure where. I seem to get water in between the different "ribs" in the bottom of the boat. Does the Cat 25 have a "lowest" spot that I can put the bilge pump to get out ALL the water? -Thanks!

  2. Stu Jackson

    Stu Jackson

    Joined Feb 26, 2004
    19,807 posts, 501 likes
    Catalina 34
    US Maple Bay, BC, Canada

  3. Hayden Watson

    Hayden Watson

    Joined Apr 5, 2009
    508 posts, 102 likes
    Catalina '88 C30 tr/bs
    US Oak Harbor, WA
    My previous boat was a C25 with a swing keel and there was no single low spot. There are a couple of shallow recesses but as you say then are divided by ribs without limber holes. I did not have any leaks and had no bilge pump installed because I mostly trailer sailed it. When it was moored I would check to see if I had any water every time I went to the boat but that would just result in removing the cobwebs. If you have a section that collects water or just want an electric pump for emergencies, I would place it in the deepest section and any significant flow of water would overflow into it.
    BTW there is no such thing as a bilge pump that "get out ALL the water". They all leave at least 1/2" of water under them.

  4. JohnVTX


    Joined Jul 14, 2015
    840 posts, 131 likes
    Catalina 30
    US Stillhouse Hollow Marina
    Loved my c25. Leaks are almost always attributed to water from rain. Find where it is coming from and stop it there. Sprinkling baby powder akways worked for me.

  5. Barkaroo


    Joined Jan 10, 2018
    2 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina 25
    Runamok US Lake Lanier
    Great idea the baby powder... and great info guys! Thanks! -Alan

  6. LuckyDuck


    Joined Jan 24, 2018
    9 posts, 2 likes
    Catalina 25
    Lucky Duck US Whiskeytown Lake
    JohnVYX: I’m a newbie to the Cat 25 and curious about using baby powder to find leaks. How does that work? Thanks!

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