If you are taking on water and the bilge pumps are not keeping up, the first thing to do is have someone notify the coast guard of your situation and that you are going to try the following 3 tricks. Then find the closest marina with a travel lift and let them know you are taking on water and to have their straps down so they can take you out of the water as soon as you get there. Ok, here goes: open the hatch to the shower sump pump. Take the hose from the shower that is used to suck-up the water and push it down into the bilge. Wedge the float switch up until the pump starts and it will pump the water overboard.