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Old 13-09-2010, 15:06   #1
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Saltwater Washdown Pumps ?

Are they really worth it? I'm asking all you folks out there who have cruised for years, mine has crapped out several times already and its a pain to keep running should i just get rid of it in favor of a bucket and a rope or is there a better more elaborate set up?

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Yes, worth every penny. Seldom use it in the Bahamas but US east coast, it's a must. Not had a problem with mine so far.
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Do you have a particular pump and set up that works well?
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The boat came with an expensive Groco, which had a mean time between failures of about 6 months, and sometimes had to be primed by sucking on the hose. I got tired of fixing it and replaced it with a Jabsco PAR MAX 4 about 10 years ago, and haven't had a problem since.
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Well, thank you I'll look into it!
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Mine's a Jabsco too. I think it's the standard kit they sell at WM.
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Many years ago, my summer job was swimming pool maintenance - we always used a small submersible pump that we just tied to a line and tossed onto a flooded pool cover to pump off a winter's worth of rain before opening for the season.

I didn't think that these would work for salt water, but a quick look on the Internet Machine turned up this: BJM Pumps 1" 12 Volt Battery Submersible Pump - BABY 12V I don't know if this is the right model or not - just trying to get the idea across.

Seems as though you could just lower it over the side, drop it well beneath any floating crud, and use it to wash down the decks, ground tackle, etc. I haven't tried it, but I'm seriously thinking about it for the spring to keep the teak decks clean. Has anyone tried anything similar?
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Mine's a Jabsco too. I think it's the standard kit they sell at WM.
WM currently sells Johnson pumps under the WM brand. I've been using one for about 2 years so far no problems.
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