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Re: Pumps
In Response To: Re: Strip: Ootek-X ()

I usually carry my pump on deck if I'm paddling in a group. If I have to help somebody by pumping, it's likely I won't want to pop the spraydeck to access my pump.

Since elsewhere we are having discussions about rescues etc, I'll hijack this discussion to talk about pumps. I carry a pump, the only time I use it is to get water out off my cockpit when I'm on shore and don't feel like flipping my boat over on rocks, but usually a sponge works better. In any kind of rough conditions, they are slow and you end up fighting to keep ahead of the new water coming in over the coaming.

As an example, I was out with a group and we were headed south. One in the group capsized, wet exited, then reentered and rolled. Then he heads north to find a calmer spot to pump out. So, now we have the whole group waiting for him to not only pump out, but then catch up.

I went back asked why he didn't join the group where we could actually help him instead of making everyone wait while he did himself. He mumbled something about not wanting to bother people...

I told him to hop out of his kayak, I dumped it, then got him back in with his spray skirt on and back on our way in the time it would have taken to just get the pump organized.

A pump on deck is just waiting to be swept off or otherwise interfering with life. A pump in the cockpit at least won't get lost, but may not be that helpful for anyone else. Using a pump takes your mind off tending to your location and watching out for approaching risks. In the best of situations it takes several minute where you may be swept who-knows-where.

Pumps are nice and are useful, but a quick T-rescue style dump, and a scramble or heel-hook back in the boat will leave some water but is often quicker, drier and more efficient.

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