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Smillie
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I also had trouble in getting water from under the floorboards of our Mk 2 and so fitted a Whale Gusher Urchin with a removeable handle. It is bolted to the floorboard below the thwart on the port side and can be operated by anyone sitting on the thwart, with one hand only. You need to fit a filter to the end of the suction pipe to prevent debris entering the pump. (It is called a “Strum Box” and is sold separately from the pump.) I led this suction pipe forward through the cut-out in the floorboard used to get access to the self-bailer on the port side.

I sailed for a season with the discharge pipe tucked away and brought out only when the pump was needed, but to be honest, it was only an hour’s work to drill a hole in the top of the hull just below the rubbing strake to fit a skin fitting for the discharge pipe. With this, the crew can operate the pump any time they like. (A good task for our children)