Thanks BumbleAbout for understanding where I am coming from. Not sure I understand how you used bungee cord to hold the pump down? I originally bought a Rule 500 (Anyone in the USA want to buy it?), but didn't like how close it was from the bottom floor to the deck. So I purchased the Whale Pump that is much lower in height.
I had to put the boat back together today in order to use it. No way do I want anything attached to the deck that doesn't unclip without tools. So nothing can pass thru the deck.
After taking a wave over the stern parked on the beach I really wished I had completed the bilge project. The elephant trunk worked to drain some of it once I got it off the beach, and back underway. It left gallons of water under the deck that drained after putting it back on the trailer which it got drug up onto, due to surge. Might try to work on that project for a little while tomorrow.
Also almost lost my vehicle into the Pacific ocean today, like in the youtube video's. My gal wanted to drop the trailer in the water. So both gals head over to work the trailer into the water. They were struggling, but I left them alone to figure it out. When the wave washed over the stern, I quickly got the boat off the beach, and sat offshore watching them struggle, but again letting them figure it out, as they are both smart but stubborn, and sometimes learning comes the hard way. One of the Coastie's then feeling bad offered to help. He jumped in the drivers seat, and with a few directions how to drive a Prius, backed the boat trailer like a pro into the water. Then he stepped out of the vehicle with the backup lights still on which meant it was still in reverse
I was yelling it was still in reverse, but it took about 20 seconds before the park button was finally pushed
So how close was I to loosing my car? When we got home, I had my gal get in the car and put it in reverse and set the parking brake in our driveway. The car rolled backwards. Try as she might she couldn't set the brake hard enough to keep it from rolling while in reverse. Toyota in their infinite wisdom used drum brakes which don't hold in reverse very well, ever
The only saving reason was the Coastie was a BIG guy and pushed the parking brake hard, thank goodness.
Cheers to the Coastie's for being so nice and helpful
Just glad nothing happened, but it scared the crap out of me.