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Bilge pump for '72 Oday 22

Discussion in 'Ask An Oday Owner' started by Love and Luck, Apr 13, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Love and Luck

    Love and Luck

    Joined Sep 25, 2016
    67 posts, 27 likes
    Oday 22
    US Lake Arthur
    I've got a little round hole in the floor as my only access to the bilge. I also have a 45 year old somewhat leaky deck, so water gets in. I've been using a shop vac to clean it out, but that doesn't really work in the wild away from 120vAC. Yeah, I have one of those manual pumps that looks like a mutated bicycle tire pump for emergency use.

    What I'd really like is to mount some sort of 12v pump somewhere and run hoses and flip a switch and have my bilge be dry. The pump probably has to work like the shop vac: the pump itself up in the cabin with a hose down into the bilge, because of space issues and the size of that little hole.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?


  2. Spooled Again

    Spooled Again

    Joined Dec 27, 2012
    364 posts, 31 likes
    Precision 22 (Sold), O 240 (Sold), Precision 28
    US Somers Point
    I had a 1980 O’day 22 that I slipped during the season. The bilge was to shallow for a pump. I simply manually pumped it out once every two weeks. I’m friends with the people I sold her to. They do the same. Between the 2 of us it has been 7 years of using the manual pump.

    I know that’s not the answer you where looking for. Just wanted to tell you we never accumulated enough water to be concerned about.

  3. Benny17441


    Joined May 24, 2004
    5,300 posts, 290 likes
    CC 30
    US South Florida
    Don't know how shallow your bilge may be but most makers like Rule, Whale Marine, Seaflo and Johnson make low profile pumps that could work in shallow bilges as long as they can fit horizontally with it's discharge hose. Sorry not familiar with your boat to offer any viable suggestions.

  4. JimInPB


    Joined Aug 22, 2017
    579 posts, 161 likes
    Hunter 212 & 170
    us West Palm Beach

    Last edited: Apr 14, 2018
  5. MitchM


    Joined Jan 20, 2005
    557 posts, 67 likes
    Nauticat 321 pilothouse 32
    US Erie PA
    how big is the hole in the floor through which you'll have to fit your bilge pump and float switch ? are you planning on making a larger access hole ? there are very small rule 25s without much GPM flow , with integral float switches which would be easy to wire. are you planning both auto and manual operation ?

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