Date: 11 June 2016. Toy Bails Dinghy.
I love it when a plan comes
together. First, for the most part I use a 12-volt bilge pump in
Algae. Because I already have a battery in there for the Newport
Trolling Motor getting the majority of rain that collects out is easy. However a pump can
only get so much of the water out. There is always a bit left in the
keel. Today I'll show you how to solve that issue for a dollar. It's
This is summertime in Florida.
That translates to the sun is shining while it is pouring down rain.
We can and do have rainbows, sunshine and rainfall simultaneously. Afternoon thunder-boomers are the rule over here on the west
Most of us who own rowboats use a Clorox bottle with the bottom cut
off as our hand bailer. Bailing requires effort but not a whole lot.
I upgraded to an Orca Whale 12-volt bilge pump a couple years back.
That makes bailing a matter of flipping a switch. Still, there was
always that last 1" in the keel area. I wanted it gone too.
Side Note regarding the Orca's: These are rated for
fresh water only. I bought mine on
Defender for $10 or so. It's not the best bilge pump however
for the price it is Good Enough. My version is not automatic.
The Orca bilge pump does empty almost all the water
out of Algae. Still, there is a bit at the bottom in the keel area.
For that I have a fun one dollar solution.
Yes it is similar to a gigantic syringe. This item is marketed as a "Water
Blaster" among other similar names. To find one, go to a Dollar Tree
or any store catering to those who do not wish to part with a lot of
perfectly good money.
Mine came from a hardware store in
Georgia and it's still working. Please note that I keep it out of
the sunlight. Essentially I'd consider this is a disposable item.
The quality is what you'd expect, i.e. not great.
It doesn't have to be Spectacular
for a dollar.
Wrong and How to Fix It
You can pretty much count on the fact that
the handle (mine's pink) will separate from the plunger part.
When you buy yours add a hose clamp there to solve that issue.
The plunger will come
all the way out if you pull it too far. Do that. Pull it
Now put some Vaseline
around the black rubber part. It will enable the plunger part
to slide easily. I believe I get a better seal when drawing
water into the unit because of the vaseline.
This is similar to a
syringe. It is not perfect. Water will dribble out.
The Best Part: Full of
water with a fast push on the handle you
can shoot water a lot longer than bystanders or kibitzers might
To remove the last inch in the bottom of your keel there is not much
For those getting out to the discount stores this
season I suggest you buy a new toy, er, tool.
Fully extended it holds about a pint of water. And it's fun. Get
yours while the summer merchandise is available. I saw them in the
Dollar Tree (kiddie beach section) just this past week.
Enjoy. Life is good afloat.
Addendum. 12 June 2016. A
neighbor bought one of these at my suggestion. We attempted to
separate the plunger from the tube. It did not come out. For the
newest versions you may not be able to add Vaseline to the black
part as I did.
His works fine as is
straight from the store.
Note to Self: EVERYTHING does not have to be
Have you a Water Blaster?
Is there any other use you have found for yours?
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