What Size/Style Bilge Shop Vac ? ? ?

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  1. Maybe A Dancer

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    450 DA Sundancer running CAT 3126
  2. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's
    Looks like a nice machine.
     
  3. SKybolt

    SKybolt Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 11, 2014
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    Detroit 6v92TA
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    Nater Potater Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 19, 2020
    Southwest Idaho
    1992 300DA Sundancer
    Twin Merc Alpha Gen II I/O's with 5.7 V8's
    I've gone to the Ryobi One+ 18V cordless line of tools, and they make a number of 18V vacs. This 3 gallon item works great on the boat, but that item that @Carpediem44DB posted with the auto pump-out is intriguing!
     
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  5. Creekwood

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    Apr 26, 2009
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  6. bajturner

    bajturner Well-Known Member

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  7. bobeast

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    That's the one I have. It's so nice having multiple tools that run on a single battery system. I also have their drill and a pump I use to pump out the dinghy when it rains.
     
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  8. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2000 Carver 506
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge
    Volvo TAMD 74 P
    Yep, works great, only down side is there are more attachments to keep track of. I misplaced the down tube and water pick up on mine when it was configured as a dry vac, so I have to try and order a replacement:mad:
    CD
     
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  9. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    I only use a shop vac once or twice a year when cleaning. I have a small 2.5gl and I carry down a bucket to dump it in….a lot easier with two small things then one big thing
     
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  10. brewster16

    brewster16 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Aug 9, 2009
    Long Beach Island, N.J.
    '07 44 Sundancer
    Twin Cummins QSC 8.3
    Bucket head for me.....love that thing
     
  11. jgoedd99

    jgoedd99 Active Member

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    Aug 10, 2008
    Buffalo, NY
    1998 370 DA
    7.4 Mag MPI Horizon Inboards
    Interesting topic. Craftsman Clean and Carry 2 gallon. Small enough to fit in cabinet behind port side icemaker and still leave room for trash can. Can be used wet or dry, and blows (can also be used to blow things up, purge water from AC lines when winterizing, etc...).

    For large wet jobs, i have a 4 gallon bucket that i put in-line on the hose and it collects the liquid. I keep the bucket at home and normally only bring to boat when doing maintenance that will result in liquids in the bilge; and for winterizing.

    Why do i need a shop vac in addition to built in vacuum?? Liquids and biggest reason is sand flies and other minor insect outbreaks that occur on the Great Lakes. If you use your built in vacuum for this, you will find that within a couple days of vacuuming up these critters your boat cabin will smell like a wet dog. I never use Beam vac for cleaning up these outbreaks.
     
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  12. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
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    Well, my boat does not have a built in vacuum so for me that is why. I have been debating using a small shop vac "plumbed in" under the forward berth as an alternative to a built in. One that I can pull out and use in the bilge, or just plug in a hose and use it like a beam. Or maybe just buy a Beam RV vac I guess. So many ideas and so little time.
     
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  13. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    I have a central vac onboard and initially thought it to be the best thing since sliced bread. But now....we almost never use it. With the availability of affordable and high performing rechargeable "dust busters" these days the central vac has gone by the wayside.

    One good handheld vac with the right attachments and you'll never want to deal with the central vac hose again...
     
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  14. Chris-380

    Chris-380 Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2019
    Pontoon Beach IL
    2000 380 Sundancer
    7.4L Horizon w/V drives
    This is what I have, worked good the last 5 summers
     
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  15. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    You are probably right. We have a couple of those Dyson sticks that have hand attachments. I have a corded "Red Devil" handheld on the boat too. Its the carpet in the cabin that is hard to get clean with those though. Maybe once I put solid flooring in I will be able to get by with just a rechargeable.
     
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  16. knot at work

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    2001 460 Sundancer, 430 Cummins, Axiom 12", 650 AIS, SH 5500, Sat tv, 10kw Westerbeke.
    450 Cummins
    I have the same one on my 46 DA. Works great.
     
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  17. mrsrobinson

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    2001 Sea Ray 380DA
    3126 purring CATs
  18. Maybe A Dancer

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    450 DA Sundancer running CAT 3126
    I ultimately went with the BUCKETHEAD.

    Not too small - not too big, plus the bucket can multitask.

    Removed the wooden box that holds the 2 empty 5 gallon containers and am using that space for now.

    ALSO - HER IS A TIP:

    The hose (and cord) on the Buckethead is short.

    One can easily extend the hose with a smooth/clear/braided marine type water hose that actually fits inside the tip of the buckethead hose.

    A little electrical tape on the end of it makes for a perfect seal, and you can easily and quickly insert the end into the buckethose tip for those hard to reach areas.

    Additionally it can store, nested in the buckethose hose.

    THANKS FOR ALL THE SUGGESTIONS !

    BEST !

    RWS
     
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  19. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    agree with the smaller is better thoughts. We use a 2.5 gallon vac for everything. The bilge and doing the salon floor. It's also a good size for cars.
     
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  20. scott1956

    scott1956 New Member

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    Oct 16, 2016
    East Brunswick NJ
    370 Aft Cabin (looking to buy)
    454 Mercruiser
    I have tried a Rigid 6 gal shop vac (powerful but way to big and bulky), Craftsman 3 gal shop vac Plenty of power and capacity (similar to the bucket vac) but the rolling castors and tall height don't work well with carpet and bilge water. My favorite so far is the Ryobi 18v cordless shop vac. Low profile small capacity but after sloshing water around in my 6 gallon I will just make more trips. At home I have replaced my 60 gal air compressor with Ryobi coreless everything so I always have spare batteries on hand. (the 1100 ft lb brushless 1/2 impact is savage). I will use it for vacuuming and inflating/deflating inflatable toys.

    https://www.ryobitools.com/products/details/33287173334
     
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