Over the July 4th weekend we were blessed with rain, lots of rain. Actually its a nice chance to do some needed stuff, like adding a fresh water flush system. Even though we are in brackish water, you can never be hyper enough. I will add that the way its set up with a hose part, its very tempting to put the hose from the spicket right up to it. DO NOT DO THIS. EVER! What happens? Well, trust me from experience. You blow the gasket on the water pump and it stops pumping. That’s what. So how do you do it the right way? Well it all starts with.. you guessed it, a 5 gallon bucket. Here we are with out bilge colored 5 gallon bucket.
You place the hose from the spicket to the bucket, FILL, then hook up a separate hose to the intake valve on the engine and shut off the intake from the bottom feeder, and start the engine.
The pump will pull/suck from the bucket filled with water. This way the pump is doing what the pump loves to do. Pump. Not choke on water being forced into it. We hope this little tip of the day is helpful. No back to ebay toilet seats and dock shots.
Also as a bonus, here is a Jimmy tip! If you find yourself with a huge leak! Like massive. Take the hose and hook it up and pump water out of the bilge. It may save your boat? Its an extreme thing to do. But having a valve like this can be useful in many ways.