5/22/2010 – Force of habit

When we first bought Siempre Sabado, she was equipped with an electric pressure water pump. Just like at home, you could open a faucet and water would flow. Of course at home the pump was located down in the well so we could only hear it running if we were out in the shop at the time. But on the boat the pump was only about 5′ from the galley sink so it was easy to tell when anyone turned the water on. That pump was loud. And obnoxious. We could have cut down on the frequency that the pump ran by installing a small pressure tank but we didn’t want to dedicate the room to it. Besides that, we just didn’t care for the system. Not only did it cause what we considered an unnecessary drain on our battery bank, but it wasted water as well. So, as all good remodelers do, we yanked that sucker out.

We knew from our experience on our first boat that foot pumps gave extremely fine control of water flow. They pump on both the down and up strokes and you can immediately stop the flow anywhere along the stroke by just stopping your foot.


We could have installed a hand operated pump but that’s a hassle as anyone who has used one of those public restroom faucets where the water stops flowing as soon as you take your hand off knows. Don’t you hate that? You have to rinse one hand at a time while the other operates the faucet. Very inefficient.

However, there is a downside to a foot pump. We’ve been using ours for over a year now and it’s caused us to develop a potentially embarrassing habit. So, if we’re ever visiting at your home and we walk up to the sink and assume this position:


with our left foot sort of flailing around trying to find a purchase, please just pretend you didn’t notice. We’ll figure it out in a second.


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About sryoder

Steve & Lulu... retired. Had enough of the cold wet dreary fall/winter/spring in the Pacific Northwest. Bought a boat, fixed it up, sold our home and sailed to Mexico in November, 2010. Been here ever since except for occasional forays to the States (summer only, thank you) to visit the kids, parents and siblings. If you're looking for a sailing blog, this is the wrong place. This is a traveling, hunkering in, eating blog. Sailing is just how we get from place to place when we can't walk.
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3 Responses to 5/22/2010 – Force of habit

  1. Anonymous says:

    LOL! It took me months to quit telling my house mouse to quit wasting water. I still, from habit, practice water conservation. But Deb is spoiled now. She does love her long hot deep baths. Ken

  2. What type of foot pump did you install? We want to install one.

  3. Steve & Lulu says:

    We have a Whale Gusher Galley Mk III in the galley and Sea Dog in the head. The Whale seems a bit more robust to me than the Sea Dog although we've had no problems with either one.-Steve

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