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Offline HG

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Tips on Using a Manual Bilge Pump
« on: August 29, 2011, 09:36:22 AM »
Does anyone have any tips on using a manual bilge pump when conditions are horrid?  For example, I took on water every time I opened my hatch last weekend, including when I attempted to use the bilge pump.  More water came in than I could pump out.  Pretty frustrating.  TIA

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Re: Tips on Using a Manual Bilge Pump
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2011, 09:48:55 AM »
Aloha Dan from the Big Island actually cut a hole and mounted a PVC plumbers clean-out on his kayaks deck just large enough to fit the pump through to hand pump it without much additional water coming in. 

Others that already have a battery on board for their fishfinder have added a cheap electric sump pump ($20+) to pump it.

If I'm in conditions so bad that I can't open the hatch, I'd paddle/pedal to better conditions first, but then I'm in a Hobie AI with large outriggers, so I'll float even full of water.  (I've proven that at times!  :o )  I read one kayak fisherman last week or so here near Olowalu Maui took on so much water his kayak sunk and had to have help swimming back to shore (Maui News).

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Re: Tips on Using a Manual Bilge Pump
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2011, 09:56:31 AM »
that's a really good question - never thought much about that - and I carry a manual bilge pump - hmm, maybe I need to practice the act (in my imagination that is)

Personally I wouldn't open any hatches when the conditions are bad but that means you have to keep some gear on deck.
Then I would wait for conditions to get better and go to work.

Polypropylene is naturally buoyant hence a kayak can take on quite some water. If you add additional buoancy to the hull like
in the form of pool noodles to offset the extra gear you stuff inside the hull then you might be able to create a safe ride.

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Re: Tips on Using a Manual Bilge Pump
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2011, 01:33:27 PM »
See my post on Hobie forum:

DO NOT USEV THE FIRST LOCATION!! Scroll down to the second.

If you really don't want to use a separate opening, I suggest a large beach towel (you might have one for fish) be wrapped around the pump so it covers any hatch opening.

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Re: Tips on Using a Manual Bilge Pump
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2011, 01:24:00 PM »
The first guy that can figger out how to make a hobie mirage drive activate a manual bilge pump will make a fortune.
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