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H34 Manual Bilge Pump Location

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  1. PGIJon

    PGIJon

    Joined Mar 3, 2012
    766 posts, 24 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Punta Gorda
    After reading a couple of topics on the subject, I've decided that I want to install the currently handheld, manual bilge pump somewhere in the cockpit.... Where is a good location? Thanks... Jon
     


  2. Don Crowther

    Don Crowther

    Joined Sep 4, 2007
    618 posts, 3 likes
    Hunter 34
    CA Elbow, Saskatchwen, Can.
    Jon
    I to am thinking about adding a manual pump. On the 31 the pump was mounted in the stern lazerette. It was mounted with the face on the outside of the lazerette. All you had to do was insert the handle and start pumping.
    Although I'm thinking about having it mounted on a piece of plywood so it's portable. It looked something like this.[​IMG]
     


  3. kloudie1

    kloudie1

    Joined Nov 6, 2006
    6,968 posts, 210 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Mandeville Louisiana
    Mine is in the vertical flat panel to stbd between the laz and the cockpit seat. There is a panel and rubber boot to keep water out. The handle goes in and it is easy to pump and drive at the same time. Pump body is mounted on a plate bolted to the back of that panel.
     


  4. markwbird

    markwbird

    Joined Nov 26, 2012
    587 posts, 76 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Berkeley
    Typically, the best way to do it is so that you can sit and grab the handle between your legs and pump. This gives the best leverage, etc. Also good to have one similarly located inside the cabin in case you are sinking and it's raining.
     


  5. PGIJon

    PGIJon

    Joined Mar 3, 2012
    766 posts, 24 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Punta Gorda
    Thanks Don & Claude.....
    Looks like I need to check out what is popular with the Berkeley crowd nowadays. :pimp:
    Mark....Thanks for the morning laugh!
     


  6. markwbird

    markwbird

    Joined Nov 26, 2012
    587 posts, 76 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Berkeley
    You're welcome. I was actually only sort of kidding. If I were going cruising I would definitely have one in the cockpit and one below mounted as I described.
     


  7. markwbird

    markwbird

    Joined Nov 26, 2012
    587 posts, 76 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Berkeley
    Check out Captain Wayne Canning's video on YouTube on bilge pump installation. Good info.
     


  8. PGIJon

    PGIJon

    Joined Mar 3, 2012
    766 posts, 24 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Punta Gorda
    Yeah, but you did bring up the point about raining that's worth considering... and what if it's snowing? Should there be another pump near the warmth of a bed????????
     


  9. Justin_NSA

    Justin_NSA

    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    3,418 posts, 255 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Wichita, KS
    How portable do you mean? This pump will be difficult to operate if it's not firmly attached to something not movable.
     


  10. PGIJon

    PGIJon

    Joined Mar 3, 2012
    766 posts, 24 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Punta Gorda
    Good Video! Thanks
     


  11. Bill Roosa

    Bill Roosa

    Joined Jun 6, 2006
    6,696 posts, 70 likes
    Hunter 40.5
    US Harrington Harbor North, MD
    Might want to consider being able to helm the boat while pumping so you can have all hands bailing
     


  12. Don Crowther

    Don Crowther

    Joined Sep 4, 2007
    618 posts, 3 likes
    Hunter 34
    CA Elbow, Saskatchwen, Can.
    I was thinking about a 2x6 that you could put your feet on to hold it in place while you worked the pump. You could always pass it over to another boater that was having issues.
    It doesn't make alot of sense to have it portable since all the water should be moving to the bilge.
     


  13. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    2,579 posts, 119 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA


  14. MitchM

    MitchM

    Joined Jan 20, 2005
    333 posts, 28 likes
    Nauticat 321 pilothouse 32
    US Erie PA
    "..Although I'm thinking about having it mounted on a piece of plywood so it's portable. It looked something like this.".. plywood isn't waterproof and the glue will come apart and wreck your design. i'd use solid cheap pine 3/4 thick and have room for a set of big feet on either size of the pump, so you can hold it down flat on the floor as you merrily pump along.
     


  15. PGIJon

    PGIJon

    Joined Mar 3, 2012
    766 posts, 24 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Punta Gorda
    What if you didn't have to choose? One could create a portable unit that might have a mount in the cockpit that would allow it to function both as a portable and a fixed hand pump there by getting the benefits of both? -Jon
     


  16. markwbird

    markwbird

    Joined Nov 26, 2012
    587 posts, 76 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Berkeley
    I think it's best to just go with a permanently mounted manual pump. Cockpit first and cabin if you want a second one. It does not sound like you want it for emergencies but you never know. You don't want to have to go dig it out of a locker and set it up when you suddenly need it. Also, keep the handle stored close to the pump.
     


  17. PGIJon

    PGIJon

    Joined Mar 3, 2012
    766 posts, 24 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Punta Gorda
    Good Points Mark
     



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