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Sailing Canoe Bilge Pump
Category: Sailing canoe, canoe, cruiser, bilge pump, boat, sailboat
Problem: As I had mentioned earlier when talking about the battery, when it rained, and the canoe was tied up against the dock, it would collect water. Because the battery was in the front of the canoe, the water would run forward.
Action: After hand bailing the canoe many times over the years, I invested and installed a bilge pump. I extended the bilge pump wires and added battery clips. I routed the hose up over the side, securing it to the battery hold down cross piece with a Velcro strap. I made a nest from screen for the bilge pump to sit in so that it wouldn’t get logged with dirt and debris, leaves, and so on. Installing the bilge pump made it even more important for me to keep the battery fully charged using the solar panel.
Additional Thoughts: Because the bilge pump doesn’t fully extract all the water, if it has rained recently I still may have to use the hand pump to remove the remaining water, and of course know that when I sit in the canoe, my backside is going to be wet. To mitigate that occurrence, I have added some raised flooring.
When idea was conceived:
How much time it took to develop: 2 hours
How much money it took to develop: $45.00
Current status: Sold the canoe after removing the bilge pump rig.
Since it was originally done: I further refined it to eliminate the velcro strap as you can see in the picture
Result: It worked great!