Re: Manual water pump priming sucks so much ....
My experience based on 4 whale brand manual pumps (holding tank, sink, 2 bilge), is that you should not have to do this at all. My bilge pumps are 3-5' above the bottom of the bilge and have no problem priming at all.
So I'd first figure out what model/brand pump it is and search for a spares kit. If its Whale brand, which is common, you'll find it.
You can always replace the pump also but they are often expensive. I was forced to replace a whale gusher 10 and was surprised to find it was $260. I would have much rather serviced it for $50.
1979 Contessa 26
Last edited by asdf38; 05-21-2013 at 02:02 PM.