I considered the brush/jet system when I installed my own washdown pump. I realized that I would have to stand there with an additional brush to get the stuff that slipped past, carried within the links. So I shifted gears and rethunk the plan. My washdown pump is a dual pump system by Jabsco
and has a built-in accumulator tank. It is wired independently of the windlass so that I can use it separately, not having to energize the windlass at all. It has its own circuit breaker. The water flows from the pump to a 50 foot, 3/4" diameter commercial
duty hose with a spray nozzle, allowing 40 pounds of pressure and high volume to blast through the nozzle and take off all sticky mud and bird crap, etc.
I did things this way because I was toying with the idea of installing a small high pressure 110volt AC washer (powerful poop preventer) to deal with some persistent birds hanging out on my port float bow. I didn't have to go that route
with the current
system. I can also really play havoc in water fights with my friends.
My windlass power comes off the engine
start battery, via a large current
breaker, then forward to the bow locker. When the breaker is energized, it turns on a large red light in the cockpit
, as well as a large red LED just above the windlass to light up the gypsy
area at night, and to remind folks that the windlass is powered up. I set it up this way because the windlass is only used when the engine
is running. The high pressure washdown pump is on a secondary house bank group of breakers, all red colored, instead of my standard white ones. That serves to remind me that the red breakers should be turned on only when the engine is running, or to remind me that they are not to be turned on when I'm low on battery power. These "high draw" red breakers include special outlets bow and stern for operating electric fishing
reels (serious bottom fishing
stuff), the saltwater washdown pump, a bait tank (when I install it), and other stuff like the watermaker
, etc., that may need to be shut down if I'm having electrical
issues. Mainly, the red breakers remind me to question if they really need to be turned on right now. Here's a pic of the washdown pump: