Bilge Pump and Sponges
law says the inevitable will always occur at the worst possible
moment. Water should stay out of your kayak, and when it doesn't,
you'll need to use a bilge pump and sponge to get it out. A bilge
pump is an indispensable tool for a self-rescue after what is commonly
called a "wet exit". Once you get back in the boat, use
a bilge pump capable of 8 - 10 gallons per minute to quickly empty
the swamped boat.
A bilge pump can be used while a spray skirt is
attached to the cockpit combing by slipping the pump between your
body and the spray skirt. By locking the end of the pump between
both legs, you can use one hand to pump and the other hand to signal
help or grasp a lost paddle.
When you purchase a bilge pump, make sure that
it has a flotation collar so it doesn't sink when accidentally dropped
A large sponge is used to get the last little bit of water out.
Sponges are also handy for cleaning a dirty boat.