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Old 10-01-2015, 09:14 PM   #21
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Keep the pump close to the suction source, add a suction strainer, keep everything accessible, and make sure the wire size is adequate for the distance from the battery source and you should be good to go. Since the pump is self priming, you can mount the pump above the waterline within the limits of the pump installation instructions.
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Old 10-02-2015, 12:11 PM   #22
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Thanks everybody. Good info
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Old 10-02-2015, 02:40 PM   #23
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Has anyone ever put together a portable wash-down pump to carry to the windlass for anchoring? We don't want to wait for anchoring out until we haul for a thru-hull, and don't want to anchor out without some wash-down available....the mud in our area is nasty, and we don't want that in our anchor locker!
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Old 10-02-2015, 03:20 PM   #24
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Not a portable, but my washdown RW source comes from a T in the thru hull hose from the head RW source. No new thru hull required.

Do you have a hose bib or fresh water line you can tap into for FW access in the interim, using your FW pump and supply?
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Old 10-02-2015, 04:54 PM   #25
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Not a portable, but my washdown RW source comes from a T in the thru hull hose from the head RW source. No new thru hull required.

Do you have a hose bib or fresh water line you can tap into for FW access in the interim, using your FW pump and supply?
Oh yes....we have a transom shower that we can use. Just wondering about portable alternatives.
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Old 10-02-2015, 06:46 PM   #26
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Is putting a "T" on the sea water engine pump and a valve and a hose running fwd through the deck w another valve not considered safe? Or would it have enough pressure?
I would say no it's not safe. If a failure in the hose of fittings occur while under way you may not notice until you realize your riding a sea turtle. And that might be too late.

Pressure wont be more than around 15 psi. Not much for muck.
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Old 10-02-2015, 09:11 PM   #27
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It should be pretty easy to McGiver a portable wash down pump. Buy the pump you plan to install when you can install the thru-hull, mount it in a plastic tool box big enough to hold the pump, a small battery and some hose.

Actually sounds like a fun project.
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Old 10-03-2015, 07:52 AM   #28
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It should be pretty easy to McGiver a portable wash down pump. Buy the pump you plan to install when you can install the thru-hull, mount it in a plastic tool box big enough to hold the pump, a small battery and some hose.

Actually sounds like a fun project.

Assuming genset or inverter, might even consider a 115V pump, in a Rubbermaid (or whatever) box. Holes in the box for power cord and hoses (innies and outies), drop one (weighted, maybe with course filter) over the side for supply, use the other with a squeeze-grip nozzle at the anchor...

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Old 10-03-2015, 08:03 AM   #29
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It should be pretty easy to McGiver a portable wash down pump. Buy the pump you plan to install when you can install the thru-hull, mount it in a plastic tool box big enough to hold the pump, a small battery and some hose.

Actually sounds like a fun project.
That's what we were thinking....but we envisioned a 5 gallon bucket. I like the tool box idea.
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If you make one, be sure to post a picture of it.

As for the pump, take a look at the ShurFlo ProBlaster series of pumps. I've been selling a lot of them and haven't gotten any returns. That makes me think they're pretty reliable.

If you're dealing with sticky mud, you might consider stainless chain and anchor. I put stainless chain on Possum just because I got a deal on it. I was surprised at how much cleaner it came up than my old galvanized chain. This is an expensive option!
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Old 10-05-2015, 11:18 AM   #31
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We have a bow, raw water, anchor wash down that runs from the engine room bilge. Works great. If you run near your engine or generator, be sure the hose is rated for below the water line and engine room service.
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