RCR puts spotlight on bilge pump

RCR recommends using two bilge pumps Photo: RCR RCR recommends using two bilge pumps Photo: RCR
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Following a spate of call-outs where River Canal Rescue has encountered inadequate or incorrectly positioned bilge pumps, the assistance firm is reminding boaters that two are better than one to keep a vessel safe.

RCR is concerned that, as the installation of bilge pumps is not a mandatory legislative requirement, they are not given the priority they deserve.

“A maintenance pump manages low levels of water ingress consistently," explained operations director, Jay Forman. "It should be positioned where water ingress is common, such as near the stern gland or directly under deck boards."

Early warning

“In contrast, an emergency pump acts as an early-warning system, reducing the impact of a potentially disastrous event. It should be able to pump considerably more water than its maintenance counterpart and as it plays an early warning role and responds without prompting, must be automatic."

The pump should be positioned in an area most at risk of serious ingress and two to three inches higher than the maintenance pump or where water would not be expected to reach, added Jay.

By making the outlet point as visible as possible, water pumped overboard will catch the eye and alert users if there is an issue.

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