Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Swarthmore, PA
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!
This low-bucks project is not complete yet, but I thought I'd share it with you to get your comments before I finish.
Since I have started anchoring a little more frequently, and am aways dealing with heavily caked-on mud even on a small lunch hook, I would like a washdown system. However, I always try to keep things simple and portable on my little 25 foot boat, and I really don't want to create another through-hull penetration. So I decided to make a portable wash-down system.
I found this portable submersible pump on Amazon:
It is designed to be lowered through the bunghole of a drum and run from a wired remote switch while hanging freely. It pumps non-flammable solvents (diesel, etc.), but also water. The specs indicate that it should have enough head to drive a spray nozzle, and my freeboard is about the height of a typical drum. So I think this has a chance of being a nice little portable washdown system once fitted with a hose and nozzle. For $20 I decided it was worth a try, so I bought one.
Out-of-the box, it comes with battery clips to attach to the lead posts on a battery. My initial dry test indicates that it draws only 1 amp, though I expect that amperage may increase under the load of pumping water (will test as soon as I can). But I think that it is low enough current that I will be able to cut off the clips and attach a 12v plug. I have 12v sockets at various locations on my boat, so I should be able to easily plug it in when I want to use it.
I want to cut off a relatively short (~8') length of garden hose. The hose barb is 3/4", but most of my hoses are 5/8" ID, so I need to figure that out.
Of course, this system could also be a backup bilge pump in case of emergency. I'm debating whether to cut the hose long enough to go all the way out the companionway hatch and over the gunwale, or whether I just figure a way to attach the hose to drain into the galley sink if it was pressed into use as an emergency bilge pump.
Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
USCG Certified Captain, OUPV and 50 Ton Master
ASA Certified 101/103/104/105/106
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2001 Catalina 34MkII Tall Rig Wing Keel Breakin' Away, Universal Diesel M35B, Mantus 35 lb. anchor, sailing out of Rock Hall, MD