Installing a bilge pump 3

Four hours later the frame was ready and it took twice as long to get everything installed. The only way to get the assemble in place was to attach the frame to the pegs and use wire ties to keep the springs in compression, holding the overall unit together. However, I could not get the peg rail into the kayak while on the assembly, so I slipped the rails off, inserted everything into the kayak, then put the rail back on and gently pushed and pulled until it all went into place. Remember that 10lbs of you know what in a 5lbs bag statement…..well, I was living it for sure.

Here’s the frame in place and you can see the thru-the-hull fitting, hose and one way valve behind it. The space was filling up fast.

This image shows the pump with all hoses connected ready for installation. By the way the pump is held in place with four stainless steel threaded rods, with nuts on the front and back side of the pump and frame to hold everything in place and allow forward and back adjustment.

Finally the entire frame, pump and hoses in place. It was a bit of a challenge hooking everything up, but it all went in and it will take a bit of work to get it out. Like I said this is an optional extra that will be sold with the boat if I ever decide to sell that is.

I still have a little more work on securing the hoses and installing the strainer on the pick up end of the hose. The strainer will be behind the seat. Here’s a quick video demonstrating of the pump in action in dry land. I simply placed the garden hose in the boat, turned on the water and started pumping. As other videos I found on the pump in this sort of application, the water does not fly out like a faucet, but it does work very well.

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