Gear: Solar Powered Dinghy Pump

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Tired of forever finding your dinghy or open daysailer filled with water when you arrive to go sailing? For years, sailors and engineers have sought a solution to this seemingly eternal problem, and now it appears the folks at Sea Joule Marine may have finally found it in their new Solar Bilge Pump. Powered by a 2-watt solar panel mounted atop its enclosure, the pump has a fully-integrated float switch and sends collected rainwater overboard via a 3/4in discharge hose. Measuring roughly 8in x 8in x 4in, the pump weighs about 10lb. Its float switch also includes a time delay to keep the pump running for a short while after it sends a signal for the pump to turn itself off to make sure all water is removed. A gel-cell battery stores plenty of power to keep things going on cloudy days or when the sun goes down. $229. Sea Joule Marine, seajoule.com 

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