Quick tips for easy water removal from inflatable boats.
Inflatable boats tend to collect water inside. That is a fact. It can be result of storage of unprotected boat outside, during rain, or it can be result of splashes of water back into the boat while running it with outboard motor or it can be result of swimmers getting back into the boat from a water. Water will always find its way inside an inflatable boat. There is no way to avoid it.
Once inside inflatable boat, water most likely will accumulate toward transom, getting collected under the floor. While water being inside boat is not a serious issue, unless it stays there for many month in a row, that could result in wood transom getting rotted eventually, it is sometimes desirable to take water out of the boat. There are various methods of taking water out of inflatable boat.
1. Open up drain plug, and run boat at full speed. Then stop and close drain plug. Under gravity force of boat moving fast forward, all water will be pushed out from one way drain plug.
2. Use hand bilge pump to pump water out. If boat seriously flooded, it can take awhile to pump all water out and it could be quite a workout. Hand bilge pumps are sold in marine stores, Ebay, Amazon, Wal-Mart and K-Mart. Prices are varies from $19 and up.
3. Use battery operated bilge pumps, such as Attwood WaterBuster Portable Pump sold on Amazon for $29. That pump is great to remove almost all water quickly with very little efforts.
4. However all of above method will still leave a little bit of water seating right under the floor, all way toward transom. Water sitting for long time inside boat will eventually rot the transom and will surely turn to fouls smelling liquid in a few months. The trick of taking all that water out of inflatable boat is children toy – Water Blaster Tube, sold in Dollar Tree and Wal-Mart for $0.99 and up. That is essentially can work as water bilge pump, and with its pointed end, it is great tool to take water out from hard to reach places.
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