The Drainman bilge pump runs on nature alone. Wind and waves cause a tug and pull effect on your boat's mooring line. The Drainman uses this energy to pump out water from your bilge. No electricity and no wiring required. This innovative design can pump up to 660 gallons of water per day. It's easy to install, handy to carry, and locks in place.
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Features & Benefits:
Pump out bilge water without electricity.
Powered by nature working with the waves and the wind
Vigilantly pumps water overboard while you're away, needing only breeze and wave power
No motors to burn out, impellers to damage or drained batteries.
Pump with heavy duty straps capable of up to 1 ton of force
10 ft of drain hose
Seive and weight for pickup end of hose
Requires shackles, snap or lock to secure pump between boat and mooring pendant
Extension hose available
For installation requiring a longer hose, a 10 ft extension hose is available
Extension hose includes splice fitting to join existing 10 ft.
The Drainman is a fully automatic bilge pump, powered by the tug on the moorings created when the boat moves with the wind and waves. The Drainman's capacity is enormous; powered entirely by the movement of the mooring line, it can pump up to 2,500 litres of water per day (550 UK gallons or 660 US gallons per day). The Drainman is made from rugged materials with a tensile strength of up to 10,000 Newton. The Drainman is a reliable companion when you have grown tired of marine covers or of constant bailing.
Easy to Install and Carry
1. The Drainman features two loops, one on either side. One loop is connected to a mooring line by means of a shackle or a snap-hook, the line is then attached to the mooring point, for instance on a jetty. Mooring springs should not be used.
2. The loop on the other side is connected to the boat, using a shackle or a snap-hook, such that the Drainman is attached between the boat and the mooring point. Make sure that the hose and label are facing up when installing, and that the pump is kept above the surface of the water.
3. Place the sieve of the suction hose in the lowest point of the boat (the keelson), where it can easily drain the water. For increased stability, a weight may be placed at the end of the suction sieve loop.
Bilge Pumps and Accessories
what weather is it rated to? Will it be the weakest part of my mooring?
You can't use this as a mooring line it is only a 1/2 inch hose it must be set shorter than you mooring
Would this work with an O'Day Widgeon (roughly 180 lbs.) on a mooring with moderate wave action?
buy it....if it doesn't work, send it back. Mine had a pinhole leak, so it didn't work and I got a refund. Good luck.
Don't know what a Widgeon is, but the Drainman didn't work on our 300lb aluminum boat with a 9.9hp motor probably because the wave action was kind of small on our mid-sized lake. Evaporation did more than the Drainman ever did. Don't recommend unless you've got lots of waves in your location, preferably big ones.
It should work well with that size boat. I would suggest using it on a secondary line to the mooring for safety.
I think that would work well I had a problem because my dingy was to lite and would not pull hard enough
my answer would be yes if there is a storm the wave action should be enough to keep up with the rain
Yes. Moderate wave action is necessary
will drainman work in a long keeled yacht?is there a max head that the drainmain will lift?I have a wooden folkboat that has very small weep.John
Hi there - Im not sure of the max head suction but my feeling is it would not be very effective much more than say 1.5m. I have to say the build quality of the unit certainly does not match its [high] price. I would gladly pay a bit more for a better built unit as the idea behind it is excellent.
We only use the drain man in a dingy that we tow it keeps thy dingy Bailey and ready to use .
I had the previous edition of the the Drainman. It consisted of a float that would bob up and down, powering the pump that way. I hung it off the boom and it did an effective job until it died of old age. I tried the new edition that works by tugging on the mooring buoy. I was very disappointed. At our YC (Edgewood YC in Cranston RI) we had enough chop to keep the float moving up and down the 1/2" to 1" needed to make the pump work. We do not have enough to work the bellows of the new model. I bought one and tried many different arrangements, but it was unable to ever pump a drop. I owned an old Beetle Cat, and had to pump every 3-4 days. I now own a new Beetle, and don't have to worry about leaks!
It works my dingy was to lite it didn't have enough pulling weight
the pump worked well in small sea skiff. there has to be wave action to work. I do not know how high it will lift. The skiff has about 20" freeboard. I keep the skiff in a sheltered harbor now so there are not enough waves for it to work.
Does this product really work - what are the downsides?
It is a good idea, but it is too flimsy....it had a pinhole leak in the bellows, once it loses the vacuum it doesn't work. I have been trying to come up with a heavy duty version, but no success so far.
Yes it works very well. Surprisingly well. Our "McGuiver" at the sail club was even impressed. Only downside may be the length of the hose. But that depends on your situation and is easily remedied.
I was very disappointed. I had purchased it to replace my earlier (and no longer available) model Drainman pump. That pump worked with a float that one hung off one's boom. The chop moved the float up and down to work the pump. It worked with minimal chop. This new model is supposed to work with yanking on your mooring line or dock. The amount of yank needed for consistent pumping was far greater than anything in our mooring field or at our dock. Frankly, if my boat was experiencing the necessary yank for this to work, I would find a different place to keep my boat.
I didn't find it worked very well. The construction is also very flimsy.
My dingy is not heavy enough to activate the pump to its full potential It dose work
None, does great job!
The product does work but I wasn't around to make adjustments on the mooring lines excessive rain and raise lake level overwhelmed the pump.It did work however enough to keep the open boat afloat. I'd buy another one.Little pricey!Pat
It didn't work out for us because we're on a sheltered bay and there isn't enough wave/wind action to get this thing working. Also, we're using it on a 14' aluminum boat and maybe on a heavier boat it would be better.
WILL THIS PRODUCT WORK ON A FLOATING MOORING IN A HARBOR? AS OPPOSED TO A FIXED POSITION AT A DOCK?? THANKS BRIAN CARROLL OWNER OF A RHODES 19 SAILBOAT THAT RECENTLY CAPSIZED AT ANCHOR IN HUGE SQUAL
This product needs to mount to a fixed position, your mooring would have to be tight in the slack in order for this to apply, thank you.
Is it self priming?
Have not used this yet, but have had several Norwegian Smartpumps which work on the same principle and yes, they were self-priming.
You can easily prime at time of installation and your Drainman Pump will do the rest. No worries
Haven't tried it in a boat yet, but in the kitchen sink it self primed - only a lift of about a foot or so, but it worked.
The video shows it working with dock lines but will it work with a mooring?
yes i have used my one for 2yrs
How long is pick up hose from pump for this product?
Alas our mores sailboat did not rock enough to make this work so we will still have to pump it out by hand after rainstorms. However it works great for the boat that is tied to the dock on whips. I love the simple solution. Definitely get the extra hose with it
The Jury Is Still Out
Product does what is says, but it is a bit pricey for all the materials involved. It requires that you rig ad addition line from dock/piling to boat for this device. This is a supernumerary as far a docking lines go: Don't depend on it for primary vessel control. The DrainMan line should be shorter and under more tension than one of the dock lines, so the DockMan line experiences the most wave action. No wave action, no pumping.
Use it to keep a small moored sailboat bailed out.
Lake George, NY
Drainman keeps me out of the dinghy
Works well when towing the dinghy to keep it empty and when on the hook. At my the dock there is not enough movement to let it work, but it is well protected.
I'll take a few more of these!
This will be great for my boat as nature keeps my bilge dry.It's mid-May but the ice is still on the lake as it has been a very late spring here in Alaska.
Pat the Rat
This won't work if your boat isn't heavy
I have an open cockpit Point Jude 15 ft sailboat on a mooring so I thought this product would be great, but it did nothing. between the fact that my boat is light and sits on a quiet anchorage, there wasn't enough pulling power to make the pump work. they need to make this adjustable to different levels of sensitivity.
East Greenwich RI
Drainman KICKS BUT
Drainman saves me time, effort, and electricty (read Cash). I would recomend the Drainman wholeheartedly. Ecellent value.
This pump is a great back-up incase my electric fails, or if my battery dies.
A Great Product
The Drainman was easy to install, and worked as advertised with enough wind and wave action to operate the pump. Naturally, I have more water in my boat on a rough day, when the drainman performs at its best. I use it whenever I'll be away from the boat for an extended period of time; it offers extra peace of mind, and a backup plan in the event my batteries die and the bilge pumps don't work.
What a great idea. This pump kept my 13' Whaler nice and dry while it sat at my dock during the week. The best part is, since it does not run off of power, I didn't have to worry about my battery getting drained, like it had from other "automatic" bilge pumps.