Beckson Portable bilge pumps are made of sturdy ABS plastic with comfort-grip handle providing smooth firm strokes. Often referred to by their brand name, Thirsty Mate, hand bilge pumps are easy to use and reliable in any boating situation. They are often used in dinghy or sailboats, where battery / electric pumps are not an option, or as an emergency bilge pump for heavy rain, damaged battery or back-up.
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20 inch Rigid Plastic
20 inch Flexible
24 inch Flexible
6 foot Flexible
36 inch Flexible
6 foot Flexible
24 inch Flexible
32 inch Flexible
What is the lift height (height that water can be pumped)?
Have used the 24" with 6-foot hose in daysailer where gunwale is a good 3' above the floor. No problems. The suction is quite strong and would, I expect, pump to the limit of the hose, but you would certainly experience backwash when you stopped pumping unless you immediately lifted the pump to the maximum height of the hose.
About as long as the hose that is on it, or that you added to it. Probably could do about 10 feet. Once the pump is primed, you are pushing or lifting the water when you pull the handle up.
Thirsty mate pump lost suction. When this happened in the past I was able to restore the suction by placing both end of the pump in the harbor. This method isn't working this year.I suspect an o ring or gasket needs replacing. Is this possible?
It sounds like the o-ring or seal on the piston has failed. I don't believe this is a replaceable item.
I have two kayaks-a tandem and a a one man-I am looking for pump to pump out the water from the winter--what size should I buy?
Probably the smallest. Flow capacity is the same for all, it's just the shaft length that is different. How deep is your largest compartment? That's the shaft length you should buy.
The smallest one, without the hose, works fine for pumping out small amounts of water in a canoe / kayak.
How to remove the foot?
The foot is glued on the pump body. You would have to cut it off, which may destroy the pump if you are not careful.
If by the Â’Â¢??footÂ’Â¢?? you mean the bottom of the rigid tube, that would be a mistake. That is where the diaphragm is. If you remove that, you wonÂ’Â¢??t have a pump anymore. Otherwise, I donÂ’Â¢??t know what you mean about the Â’Â¢??footÂ’Â¢?? if this doesnÂ’Â¢??t answer your question. Try it a different way.
Hammer it off using a block of wood as a "chisel". Do it often
Would this pump work well to pump water out of a 5 gallon mop bucket up to a wall sink?
If you want to keep the bucket on the floor the sink would need to be very close to the floor. Like no more than 2'. If your sink is at a standard 3' go with the longer model. The pump need 2 hands to operate so the hose will need to be comfortably in the sink. I bought the small model to get water out of a toilet. For this purpose the it is perfect as the bucket can be one the floor and the hose empties into a 5 gal bucket. I hope this helps.
we want a pump to pump water from a mop bucket(s) up to a sink on the wall (up a few feet higher)Will this pump pump a few gallons of water relatively easily? Can the hose be changed out to a longer one (4-6') to reach the sink ?
I have not put the pump in service yet, and while I think it will likely pump the mop water up a few feet, I know you'll need a longer discharge hose than the one that comes with the pump. I ended up buying a washing machine discharge hose from Lowe's, about 6 feet long, that fits the Beckson pump discharge pipe fairly snugly - haven't actually pumped any water with it yet.
Yes, the pump will work fine for what you need it to do. I use mine to pump out a 3.5 foot tall urn-shaped fountain in the fall to prevent water from freezing in it; the pump reaches all the way to the bottom and the water is pulled out with enough force that adding a somewhat longer hose should not be a problem.
Yes this pump will easily move a few gallons quickly. although the hose is only about 30" ft long.There may be one with a longer hose, I do not think they are replaceable
thank-you for your response.
There is one version with a 6" hose
How does this deal with dirty water? Any filter to keep debris out of the pump? Sandy or muddy water bother it?
It seems to work pretty well with muddy/sandy water. I use it for pumping water out of the well access in my basement. I have had to occasionally stop to clear a pebble from the end, but it generally works pretty well.
No filter, but pump is not bothered by muddy water or sand, it will pick it up and eject it. I use it daily for my dinghy and it is always pushing mud and sand.
What little i have used it mud and sand while in solution has not bothered it. What has been a problem is larger particles like leaves as they block the pump pickup and have to be removed. As a tip my pump sits in clips so is easily removed to clean the pickup.
I've used in both sandy and very muddy water and it has worked great in both situations. Mud does get in the pump but it never stopped working.
what is the outside diameter of the bottom of the pump?
I measure 2" at the bottom, 1 3/4" for the tube. Hope this helps.
Do you sell the higher volume thirsty mate pumps?
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They do not make a higher volume pump.
can u put a diff hose like a longer one on yourself or is this hose stuck on ?
You can change out the hose.
I bet the hose is a really nice feature. I wish mine had arrived with one. Luckily it's just tall enough to pump the water over the sheerline without a hose.
Caution Hose is NOT flexible like photo
Catalog should be corrected for this part number to show the red straight discharge pipe instead of the gray flexible hose that normally comes with these pumps.
I would buy this product again
I use this pump to transfer air conditioner condensation to a bucket and recycle this water to toilets.
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Looks Like A Great Pump
The pump arrived on time and in perfect condition. I will use it when I empty the hot tub next month.BTW, the reason for the tepid rating is I haven't had to use, and thus evaluate, this product. The application that Jamestown uses requires a response, however. The three star rating is, therefore, neither negative nor positive. It is neutral.
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The "ask someone who bought this" is a terrific idea. I had 2 questions -- specifically how to use it and how easy the pumping is to do. Based on the 6+ answers I got, all really good ("works like it looks it works" and "pumping can get tiring if there's a lot of stuff to be pumped"-- ok, dumb questions), so I bought the pump. [...]
I have two of these, the 1-1/4 size and the 2" size. The smaller one was purchased around 1967 and I still use it every day to bail the dinghy. You can't beat that! The larger one really moves a lot of water.
thirsty mate kicks butt
We use this pump for winterization of our restrooms. Draining a hundred toilets is a snap.
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Best tool ever.
Keeps on working. Just got to remember who had it last.