Kirk, thanks for the follow up and let me please continue your rant.
Despite my best intentions a couple years ago, I have not reinspected or retested with fresh water my rebuilt pump. It is now on the top of my list to do in the fall (when I can guarantee a fresh water only test.)
If mine has failed again, I'll make sure to repost here. Fortunately my installation
is not a thru deck
one. Given your experience, you can be sure I will not buy this model again and will think seriously about not buying
Whale again. Unfortunately Whale will continue to sell this defective product because so few will see our posts. Whale, why are you not responding?!!!!
The reality is no one should buy a manual bilge pump
and count on it to be there in an emergency
1. You cannot pump one of these for more than a few minutes unless you have room for a six foot lever or
2. You have a bunch of gorillas in your crew.
3. You should be stopping the leak instead of wasting time pumping.
The exception is probably Edson's pump, board mounted with two inch hose but who has the storage
space or the money
to buy one of those?
So most of us should install a big back up electric pump
and forget this Whale pump and its kin. Yes, I hear the protests, "But what if I have lost
all power and the boat is sinking?" Well, my friend, then if you don't have a bucket, you'd best grab your ditch bag, set off your EPIRB
and get ready to step up into your life raft.
Ok end of MY rant.