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Old 11-10-2007, 12:10 PM   #1
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Salt water washdown pump reccommendations

I'm looking for suggestions for a good DC water pump to use for a salt water washdown application.

Our boat is equipped with a large Jabsco AC pump that pumps salt water from its own throug-hull and seacock to gate-valve outlets in the bow and stern. It's intended for hosing the deck down, cleaning the anchor chain as it comes aboard, etc. The pump is mounted in the front of the engine room with hose runs to the forward and aft deck valves.

The pump runs but I suspect the impeller is shot, plus the pressure switch that's supposed to shut off the pump doesn't work and the whole rig is fairly rusty. I'm sure all these things could be corrected, but to me having a washdown pump that needs AC makes it less than convenient to use. To use it away from groundpower means we'd have to start the generator when we were raising the anchor, for example, if we wanted to clean off the chain.

So it would seem to make sense to replace this big AC pump with a DC pump. There are a lot of choices, and I'd be interested to hear what people have found to be a good, powerful DC pump for this washdown application.


-- Edited by Marin at 13:12, 2007-11-10
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