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Old 08-07-2020, 05:00 PM
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I love just about everything about my 2016 Pathfinder 2400 TRS, but ... The bilge pump is only accessible via a very small hatch and the pump is a long way down there. I canít get within about two feet of it by trying to reach down into the hatch.

Iím sure some of you more creative mechanics have figured out how to service a bilge pump you canít reach, so help a brother out!
Old 08-08-2020, 08:22 AM
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Is the pump mounted to a plate? Early Jup 31's with horrible bilge access mounted the pumps to a removable L plate with the upper section of the plate within reach and secured to the hull.
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Im surprised. I bought my Cobia 237 from Maverick because of the amazing bildge access. I can ,at 200 pounds, crawl down into to the bildge with a 5 gallon bucket full of tools. If thats really the case and you are missing some trick then I would install the largest access port that will fit in that space..
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Why do some boat manufacturers make bilge pumps so damn inaccessible? I have a GW Islander and the stern bilge pump is nearly unreachable. I want to install a new one, but I will probably have a GW dealer replace it. Maybe they have some tricks and tools that I don't know about. I would need to have really long skinny arms to reach it.
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My old Hydrasport was like that. When replacing pumps I'd be bruised and battered.

Can you cut the deck and make a larger access hatch? That was always my plan if I kept the HS.
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I don’t see any real chance to cut a bigger hatch because the smaller one is pretty tight to the main live wall. There is also access through the rear starboard hatch, but it’s farther to the side and houses a lot of other equipment. I could probably get my 7 year old grandson in there, but I might not get him out. Perhaps a trained spider monkey. But seriously, there must be someway to do this. I’m not at the boat now or I would post a picture.
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cut a rectangle access hatch. Now its easy peasy. My sea cock is down there and if something should happen I want to be able to shut it off ricki tik.
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pictures would help
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Originally Posted by Toothpick 10 View Post
Why do some boat manufacturers make bilge pumps so damn inaccessible? I have a GW Islander and the stern bilge pump is nearly unreachable. I want to install a new one, but I will probably have a GW dealer replace it. Maybe they have some tricks and tools that I don't know about. I would need to have really long skinny arms to reach it.
Sportsman addressed this problem. One of the reasons why I bought one. Access is awesome.
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I have found removing the hatch can sometimes gain you a little more room for service, that is sometimes worth gold. Just wear long sleeves to keep the glass out of your arms
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Hire a skinny mechanic with eight foot arms containing multiple joints.
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Tidewater addressed this problem. One of the reasons why I bought one. Access is awesome.
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Originally Posted by Hail Yes View Post
I donít see any real chance to cut a bigger hatch because the smaller one is pretty tight to the main live wall. There is also access through the rear starboard hatch, but itís farther to the side and houses a lot of other equipment. I could probably get my 7 year old grandson in there, but I might not get him out. Perhaps a trained spider monkey. But seriously, there must be someway to do this. Iím not at the boat now or I would post a picture.
Check on the MBG forum in the pathfinder section to see if anyone has a workaround. You might want to join the forum and start a thread.
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Is the floor section removable. You may have to move other things to gain access to all the screws.
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https://mbgforum.com/topic/11413-240...ump-questions/
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Originally Posted by pierdude View Post
Tidewater addressed this problem. One of the reasons why I bought one. Access is awesome.
Not on all models though, like Sportsman
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Can you call a dealership and ask them how they service it? I'd have to think you aren't the only one with this boat, with this problem. Dealerships should have suggestions for what they do.
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I have an Everglades 243 and it impossible to reach the the bilge pump that was installed in the Factory. Mine burned out after many years of service. I had to use a broom handle to dislodge the original one. I used the original wiring and mounted a new bilge pump about a foot forward of the original one. Some folks said to take the starboard battery out and try to access it that way but no way I could reach it and I am 6' with matching arms. There are 2 round hatches in the aft deck and I could only get about 2' away from it. I tried to use my wife's kitchen top shelf access tool and still could not manage access. New bilge pump works fine but is forward of the original one.
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If it is a glass hull you can also take a sawzall or grinder and cut out the hull to reach it Glass it back in and paint to match. I would use an Ultra switch and make sure to route all the connections to where they are accessible as that is usually the issue. BTW have you checked connections before calling the pump or float bad


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