With a low volume boat, there's the need to utilize every possible usable space. On Thursday night I was taking the boat out in wind and wave yet I had not determined where I was to put my pump - a pretty important piece of equipment should I have to exit/re-enter the boat on my own. On a whim I popped the pump directly behind my seat and by chance it managed to stay there the whole time I was on the water. And, of course, this placed the seed in my brain- why not make this THE place to keep my pump?? The ideas started to formulate.
Anybody's who's been following my blog will remember an entry I did back in April 2010 about a pump bracket I made out of ABS pipe and suction cups. If not, then here's the link - http://justyakkin2.blogspot.ca/2010/04/pvc-chronicles-chapter-second.html
I've used this bracket for two years with great success, so why not try it again - but with a twist!!
|Now that air temps are in the "teens", you might as well work outside!!|
The brackets are made of 2" ABS pipe with a section cut out. I decided to go with two brackets - one for each end of the pump. In order to affix them to the aft bulkhead, I used 1/2" Russian birch plywood (already proven to be VERY waterproof) as the baseplate. I simply put a 3/4" stainless steel screw through the pipe and into the plywood. Then I sanded the whole lot and put a coat of spray-on truck bed liner to make it match the interior of the cockpit
|ABS attached to the plywood base.|
I did not want to permanently attach the brackets to the aft bulkhead yet in the event that the pump placement gets in the way of boat entry/exit. I initially tried some industrial grade velcro but it did not work out well. I knew that hot melt glue can make a relatively strong, yet removable join, so I decided to go that route.
|Firing up the glue gun!!|
With the brackets all painted up and the glue gun ready to go, it was time to put those babies in there!
|Brackets glued in place|
After a few tries, I managed to get the two brackets in place. Being a bit OCD about such things, it took me a few tries to get both brackets lined up "perfectly"!
The pump popped into place just perfect in the "dry run", i.e., on the stands, so I figured I'd better give it a more "real" test. I laid the boat on the ground and did an entry. No problems. No hooking on the pump as I pushed my arse into the seat. Likewise, no problems with exiting the boat.
Next test - layback on the deck!! One concern was that, maybe, the pump would be in the way of an layback rolls!!! All fears were allayed when I put my back right back on the aft deck. Albeit, one temp bracket join let go when I put too much pressure on it (remember the hot glue ins only a temporary fix) but otherwise there should be no issues!!
Actually, the foam on the pump and its placement make a comfy back rest. Is it possible to kill two birds with one stone when you really only wanted to slaughter the one???
|Pump in place. Fwd view.|
|Pump in place. Aft view.|
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