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post #5 of Old 11-04-2013
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Re: My Manual Bilge Pump is Useless

It has been my experience that when you do the rebuild you should replace the boot but also remove the through plate completely clean the backside of the of the plate and the fiberglass it mounts to it and reinstall it with a good sealant (Sikeflex or Dow Corning 795). Having your back up manual bilge pump in the cockpit is by design. You can helm and pump at the same time. It is my opinion that the best thing is to rebuild it. Shouldn't take more than a couple hours.

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