Manual bilge pump opinions

Manual bilge pump opinions

Post by C. Marin Fau » Fri, 14 Apr 2000 04:00:00


The plastic or bakelite handle on the manual, piston-type bilge pump on
our 1973 Grand Banks broke the other day, and while the pump still works
reasonably well, it's obviously old.  I could fashion a new handle, if
necessary, but the broken handle may offer a good excuse to replace the
pump altogether.  So far, I have not been able to determine that the same
pump (Peters & Russell) is available new.  I believe Peters & Russell was
acquired by Jabsco, but Jabsco doesn't seem to offer a metal, manual
piston pump like the one we have.

Anyway, my question is this.  Are the more common diaphram manual pumps,
like Whale, more efficient and powerful than piston pumps like our old
Peters & Russell?

I could install a diaphram pump on the floor of the cabinet under the
galley sink easily enough, but there is a space-saving advantage to the
piston pump, which is mounted on the sidewall of the same cabinet, which
leaves a fair amount of room on the floor for storing bottles of cleaner,
sponges, etc.  I'm curious if anyone in this group has had experience with
both types of pumps and has formed an opinion in favor of one or the
other.  Thanks.

C. Marin Faure
  author, Flying A Floatplane

 
 
 

Manual bilge pump opinions

Post by EdAlan » Tue, 18 Apr 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

>I could install a diaphram pump on the floor of the cabinet under the
>galley sink easily enough, but there is a space-saving advantage to the
>piston pump, which is mounted on the sidewall of the same cabinet, which
>leaves a fair amount of room on the floor for storing bottles of cleaner,
>sponges, etc.

Can't help w/ the pump selection, but location should be based on whether a man
can operate the pump for several hours non-stop.  A lot of pumps are located
out of the way for esthetic reasons, and are impossible to operate for
prolonged  periods.