Taking On Water? Skip The Pail And Grab A Pump

Thirsty-MateWhen a boat is filling up with water and the bilge pump has failed, a pail should be the last thing an owner reaches for. A Thirsty-Mate® self-priming hand pump from Beckson Marine should be an essential piece of safety equipment on every vessel. Available in a wide range of sizes and capacities, any boat can be emptied without the time and physical exertion needed to bail with a bucket.

Beckson Thirsty-Mate pumps are made entirely in the USA. Its unique self-lubricating, non-rusting polyvinyl material won’t damage gelcoat or brightwork if accidentally bumped against it. Solvent-welded construction ensures a rigidly solid design, even when pumping fast. Virtually maintenance-free, the foot valve removes quickly for fast cleaning if a clog occurs.

The angled top sleeve of Thirsty-Mate hand pumps aims discharge water overboard. Models 124PF, 136PF and 136PF6 come with a 24″, 36″ and 72″ flexible hose, respectively, for adaptability.

Each stroke of the pump’s bright red contoured handle moves a massive amount of water — 10 gpm on the 24″ 124PF and 13 gpm on the 36″ models. Prices list for $55.20, $67.85 and $81.75, respectively.

Contact local dealers or Beckson Marine, 165 Holland Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06605. Email:; Visit


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