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Old 06-06-2012, 08:30   #1
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Bronze galley pumps

We have 2 of the original (I'm assuming) manual water pumps in the
galley. One freshwater, and one raw water, and they do look salty.
The main faucet is not original.
I love all the original bronze, brass, and wood of this vintage boat(76 Tayana), however . . . after working in the kitchen for a bit, they are really
in the way and take up valuable real estate. I'm thinking I'll get
used to working around them, but then again, I looked at all the T37's
in the late 70's and nary a one had these cool looking pumps.
So my question for you is, what do you have, would you change them out
to something more practical, if not as esthetically "cool".

Just kicking around ideas.
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:35   #2
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Re: Bronze galley pumps

my manual pumps were removed by some previous owner--i wish they were still in my boat--the originals were bronze and gorgeous. i have nasty black goo filled places wherein the old pumps used to be--the refit sukked....i am looking for replacements as i use the manual water more than pressure when i am at sea, and i want the salt water ones replaced. sea water cleans dishes and surfaces cleaner than does fresh.
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Re: Bronze galley pumps

It is difficult to source quality good looking items today. You may try Toplicht.de for their stock of bronze and otherwise items directed at classic boat.

I would stick with all bronze fittings if I could get them. The point is at times one can't.

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Re: Bronze galley pumps

G'Day Cyndi,

It really depends on whether you are looking for functionality in the galley or some aesthetic value. We actually have both... a Fynspray bronze hand pump and a Whale foot pump. In our case, the foot pump is direct to the tank, while the hand pump goes through a charcoal filter.

The bottom line is that we use the foot pump for 99% (at a guess) of our water supply. It is far less work, faster, and leaves both hands free. No contest IMO!

As it happens, the only pressure water we have on board is for the shower and for the sugar scoop washdown shower. All the rest of our supply is by the footpumps, and that is by choice. Helps conserve water in a big way, is very reliable (the footpumps are now 21 years old, and the boat has been a full time cruiser since new), and as mentioned above, leave both hands free for whatever you are doing with the water.

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