Does anyone have any experience they can share with actual use of a hands-free kayak bilge pump? I’m curious about foot-operated/electric/other, purchased or custom built, anything that lets me keep both hands on the paddle. My performance / reliability benchmark is the standard foam covered hand operated piston-style pump.
Any comments welcome but specifically:
How did your system do at emptying the majority of water from a fully flooded (post-wet-exit / skirt blowout) cockpit in reasonable time (actual stats, or just your qualitative assessment of how long it took vs how long you could reasonably keep the swamped boat upright)?
How many times could it perform the above function (in terms of battery life, leg fatigue, etc)
Have you had the opportunity to use the system as a matter of convenience, or actual safety (for example has it actually allowed you to keep both hands on the paddle to stabilize a flooded boat in unsteady water, or when conditions made rafting up with another boat tricky)
How did it do at the different but also useful task of getting the kayak close to completely dry, over whatever time period? (My thought at justifying the weight of this system is that the few liters of water that typically make their way into my boat weigh a corresponding few KG). Did your system drain the whole boat (including behind bulkheads) or just the cockpit?
What maintenance challenges did you experience?