Originally Posted by VinnyVincent
My current plans are to rewire my existing pump with a float switch directly to the battery
, which will serve as the primary pump.
I plan to install a high water alarm as an alert for when the primary pump fails.(thanks again for the helpful info a64pilot) My secondary pump will be either a whale gusher urchin, or titan manual pump. Haven't decided which model to go with quite yet.
On the wiring
setup for your electrical
pump. There are, & or used to be, switches which allow you to wire the pump (directly to the batteries) through said switch. Which possesses a built in fuse. Such that you have 3 positions/modes for the switch:
Pump ON via Float Switch
Which gives you a bit more in terms of options, regarding avoiding things getting to the stage where your cushions
As to manual pumps. They're far from cheap, but Whale makes what's essentially a dual action variant of their Whale Gusher, the Whale Gusher 30 http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?...4230&id=157469
That is, it's 2 pumps built into one housing. So that, whichever direction the handle is being moved, pumps out at about the same rate as the Gusher. But also, if one of the (2) diaphrams gets torn, or clogged, etc. One needn't stop pumping to fix things, in order to keep evacuating water. As, with it being 2 pumps in one, there's built in redundancy.
And in terms of what to mount a pump on & how. What I was taught, was that the piece of plywood
which it's mounted on should be sized so as to fit onto both the floor of; the cockpit
, & the cabin
. With the "trick" being, to have cleats
mounted to both the furniture down below, as well as down low near the cockpit's sole. So that you can slide the pump's mounting plate underneath of both sets of cleats
. Thus locking it in place, perhaps with a bit of assistance from your feet on top of it.
As, unless one were to mount a pump onto a plate of sheet steel
, it's unlikely that the plate alone would be heavy enough to hold things in place in order to allow for vigorous & or prolonged pumping.
The other "trick" which we were taught, was to make sure that the pump's hoses are long enough to allow it to be used easily from either location. With weights, AND lashing cords on the ends of the hoses, so that they'd stay properly in place throughout the whole dewatering evolution. Be that minutes or days.
Also, make sure that you have a spare companionway
board which has a hole in it of sufficient size for the hose(s) to pass through. Preferably made out of Lexan
, so that you can keep track of the water level, sans needing to open the companionway
in order to check on the water level.