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What is this?

http://westmeath.apolloduck.ie/image...jpg?1338685108

what is the metal rod below the tiller,
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Re: What is this?

Is it a manual bilge pump handle? It should just pull right out. You stick it in the hole and pump as needed. If nothing is happening when you pump it you may need a new diaphram for the gusher pump, hose, etc.
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Re: What is this?

That be a manual bilge pump.
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Re: What is this?

Thanks that what I thought it was but nothing was happening, this is my first sailboat purchase, been a powerboat kid but now im a little older and have found the fun side. Just learning along the way
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Re: What is this?

Looks like it's hard to get at the pump. 1, your bilge is dry 2, look in your bilge for a ribbed hose heading that way 3, try and get to the pump, there will be 4 screws or bolts holding it in place. That pump will move some water, but the rubber diaphram can be punctured by foriegn objects, if so you can by a replacement diaphram. Good luck!
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Re: What is this?

Those damn things NEVER work. I have one just like it and have screwed round with it in every way possible.
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Re: What is this?

I'd be more worried about the teak decks... jus sayin...
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Re: What is this?

If you can reach over and cover the through hull (where the water is supposed to exit the boat) with the palm of your hand you might be able to prime it.

Allow the air to escape but do not let it suck in air as you pump. It might take many strokes to get it going. If there is water in the bilge it should eventually get started and pump water.
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Re: What is this?

Mine alway's works great, I go through some diaphrams every couple of years, less since I got anal about bilge cleanliness. Mine has also alway's been self priming.
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Re: What is this?

This isn't actually my boat in the picture but was able to find that picture just to ask
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