What Size/Style Bilge Shop Vac ? ? ?

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  1. Maybe A Dancer

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    Aug 20, 2021
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    450 DA Sundancer running CAT 3126
    What size shop vac is small enough to fit comfortably in the 450DA bilge but be big enough to get the job done?

    BEST !

    RWS
     
  2. Jeremygavin

    Jeremygavin Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

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  4. ranger58sb

    ranger58sb Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    2006 58DB
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    I've switched over to battery-powered vacs. The boat one is a Milwaukee and it both sucks and blows... but also it uses the same battery eco-system/charger as the other onboard battery-powered tools. Also, it's smaller enough (3-gal. I think) so I can lift it easier when it's full.

    Probably other brands equally useful.

    -Chris
     
  5. ocgrant

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    Dec 31, 2006
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    Cummins QSC 540's
    +1 on the Bucket Head - this stays on the boat in the engine room
    +1 on the Ridgid - This one stays in the dock box and is used while at port (more powerful)
     
  6. Brett H

    Brett H Active Member

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  7. SeadawgVB

    SeadawgVB Active Member

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    +1 on the Bucket Head. I've used mine in a 100% marine environment for at least four years in the bilge and it's still running.
     
  8. Njlarry

    Njlarry Active Member

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    May 9, 2021
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    2000 400 DB
    Cat 3126
    I take an opposite tack. The smaller the better. Lighter to lift when full of water and easier to store. My 20 year plus little yellow striker gets plenty of use and I believe is only one gallon. The larger shop vacs stay in the home garage.
     
  9. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
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    2003 420DA, 6CTAs
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    I use a 2.5 gallon wet/dry shop vac and also have a Bucket Head for the bigger jobs.

    Bennett
     
  10. Carpediem44DB

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    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2000 Carver 506
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge
    Volvo TAMD 74 P
    I use a large Craftsman shop vac that has a hose fitting on the top and will pump itself dry. Just put a hose on it and pump overboard. When I need to vacuum my bilge, it is after I have done some serious wash down and the climb out of the er with 2 or three gallons at a time is a pain. On the 506 there is plenty of space in the ER to store the Vac. I have actually considered permanently installing it and plumbing it in.
    Carpe Deim
     
  11. Maybe A Dancer

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    450 DA Sundancer running CAT 3126
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    So you can vac out the bilge, then the vac has enough lift to pump from the bilge ..... where?

    ... Up and over the transom?

    Or maybe out the transom door?

    THANK YOU

    RWS
     
  12. ocgrant

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    That’s interesting… I like that idea of it pumps itself out.
     
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  13. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2014
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    2002 410DA
    Caterpillar 350HP 3126
    I use buckethead too. If I had to clean up a real nasty mess I like that I could take the bucket to oil/hazardous recycle by just putting a lid on it.
     
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  14. Shoyrtt

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    Jul 16, 2020
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    Caterpillar 3126TA
    I have a little 2.5 gallon Stinger vacuum that I use in the bilge and to clean my grey water sump. It’s nice and compact so I can store it easily on the boat.
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  15. The Bill Collector

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  16. Carpediem44DB

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    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2000 Carver 506
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge
    Volvo TAMD 74 P
    From the ER up and over the aft deck It is an easy eight foot lift from the ER floor. I have yet to figure out how the damn thing actually works. It only has one motor and one switch I assume it has a vane pump that it uses to evacuate the water. Nice unit. Ill post the model number after I go to the boat tomorrow.
    CD
     
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    Aug 20, 2021
    Florida West Coast
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    450 DA Sundancer running CAT 3126
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    WOW !

    THANKS !

    RWS
     
  18. Carpediem44DB

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  19. WV 320 Dancer

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    I have a little Shop Vac brand that I love but they are now out of business.
     
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  20. techmitch

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