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    Default Bilge pump for inflatable sport boat

    Has anybody ever put a bilge pump or washdown pump in a zodiac? I need help coming up with a good system as the boat & motor is to heavy to beach & drain or to always try & drain through the plugs while on step. Also for some reason it just gets a lot of splash over the transom while driving. ( Willing to pay for help in desing & installation ).
    There is just to much water to use a manual pump all the time.
    I thought about using a wash down pump but I didn't like the size & floor space it would take up in addition it would have to be alble to withstand saltwater baths over the top & from the bottom.
    Any ideas or proven experiences would be appreciated.
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    Never tried anything other than the transom plugs or a hand pump on my inflatables, never thought those methods to be too inconvenient really.

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    For some reason I get a lot of water. So much so that to pump it, the two of us go to the back while one drives & the other pumps until they can't any longer & you switch places.. repeat as necessary.
    Have to do this when we get ready to leave camp for the morning, & again after we have been sitting for a few hours bottom fishing before we go back to camp. Then reapeat again if we want to go out in the evening, & again the following day. Makes for a lot of manual pumping for a weekend of camping / fishing.
    If I don't pump it I am ankle deep in water as we are driving & every time you flex or porpise in following seas it shoots water all over the back side of the driver.
    I am thinking of putting on a hydrofoil & coming up with a triangle of material to cover the corners from the transom on each side of the outboard to the tubes to see if that helps keep the water out.

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    Check the bottom for leaks, by your description there are holes in the bottom fabric or a seam allowing water to enter, or a faulty transom plug.

    I f you have a trailer, put it up on the trailer and fill it with just enough water to cover the bottom without the floor boards and watch for a leak/s.

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    Take a look at these deck drains. They work great on ribs and regular inflatables. Pretty easy to make them out of strips of hypalone.
    http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...light=elephant

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    even without leaks i use a portable bilge pump runs on d batteries about $35 and i think home depot carries them also west marine and sportsmans probably carry them
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