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Portable bilge pumps 28 May 2020 19:38 #116309

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Derek and Janice Wallace wrote: You might want to consider a petrol generator and a submersible pump. The genset can possibly be rigged to run the three pumps you have,
Probably more useful later.

Derek


Yes, thank you. Good bit of lateral thinking. Probably a slightly more expensive route but better in that a submersible pump will be more portable and will self prime. Cheap petrol driven pumps are usually not self priming. Also as you say potentially a more useful set of kit to have around for the future.

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Portable bilge pumps 28 May 2020 14:25 #116293

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You might want to consider a petrol generator and a submersible pump. The genset can possibly be rigged to run the three pumps you have,
Probably more useful later.

Derek
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Portable bilge pumps 28 May 2020 12:36 #116286

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The best manual pump is a bucket!

If you have three good installed pumps then they should cover any minor ingress.

For channel deliveries I always used to take a petrol driven pump: totally independent, so long as you remember the petrol. Stow the petrol on deck, lashed down with the pump, out of the way of waves etc.

Petrol driven 1.5 and 2" pumps are pretty cheap to buy (the hoses and fittings often cost almost as much as the pump) so probably easier to buy than hire, then sell on if you don't want to keep it.

Insurance company lists are by no means exhaustive and you need to plan very carefully, perhaps in consultation with your skipper.

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Portable bilge pumps 28 May 2020 08:26 #116277

Hi Mary

If you Google "manual bilge pump", you will see a lot, starting from ones looking like a bicycle pump upward.

Here's one that will do th job, I have one of similar design, never used as a bilge pump, but have used it for other jobs.

www.whalepumps.com/marine/product.aspx?Category_ID=10009&Product_ID=10008&FriendlyID=Gusher-30

No need to worry about wiring, or petrol.

Can't help with pilot in afraid, though do you really need an approved?

Most insurance companies ask for an "experienced skipper" and a crew of 3, plus other conditions.

Such as "ballested for sea", a completely empty shell may be a bit frisky even in good conditions.

A working compass etc.

Good luck, Paul.
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Portable bilge pumps 28 May 2020 00:37 #116275

Others may wish to comment. A simple elactric bilge pump with alagator clips on the leads and a length of pipe as a basic spare.
My concern is all the pumps rely on electricity. If you have a power loss then the engine will probably continue to run but the pumps won't.
A small petrol pump from a hardware supplier ( the Dutch use a lot of pumps) would be an independent pump. Check with insurance as to how much petrol you can carry for auxiliary engines like outboards. Diesel are much bigger but arguably safer. The pump hose is available in a lay flat and roll up form to save space.
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Portable bilge pumps 27 May 2020 17:31 #116269

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Hi,
I’m still preparing for the channel crossing and a friend mentioned a portable bilge pump, do I have one? No I don’t, I have 3 fixed bilge pumps in different compartments but a portable one.
My barge is a shell at the moment with only the necessary electrics to nav lights, horn, bilge pumps and engine.
Can anyone suggest a portable bilge pump? Is there a decent one that works on batteries to be portable? Does anyone know?

My next question is: is there anyone insured with GJW Direct that wouldn’t mind asking them for there list of preferred skippers? A skipper that is no longer skippering suggested I do that, he said they had a preferred list. I’m insured with MS Amlin and they don’t have a list.
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Mary

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