Friday, 12 February 2016

The BigFoot Kayak Pump Kit

If you're like me, the idea of going out and collating the parts for a reliable bilge pump, let alone actually installing it, are enough to make me procrastinate to the point where I eventually outsource the task (usually to my slightly cantankerous business partner....)

The combination of electrics, drilling holes, fixing brackets etc is daunting for the less able among us!

We've sought to alleviate the stress with the release of our latest BigFoot product, the BigFoot Kayak Pump Kit. Following on from the successful local design of our footplates for both skeg & rudder boats, and in keeping with their simplicity of form, function and importantly installation, the pump kit offers an excellent, practical hands-free electric pump without the stress.

When you open the package the first thing you will notice is that most of the work is already done;  the pump bracket, box bracket, magnetic switch assembly and outlet fittings are all custom made specifically for this kit and they are shaped and  pre-drilled to save the hours of effort that are usually required to just to make standard parts work in a sea kayak and once the parts are fitted, there are only two wires to crimp to complete the wiring. Battery connectors, fuse holder and reed connections are already done for you. The kit comes with all fasteners, crimps and even a small tube of Sikaflex to seal everything as you fix it in place.

At the heart of this kit is a robust  sealed magnetic reed switch that doesn't need a relay. The absence of a relay greatly simplifies the electrical elements of the system, by eliminating a number of vulnerable soldered components. We believe this is the single greatest point of difference from any pump system we've seen over the years.  

Brackets are specifically designed to be used as templates so you can set out everything precisely for drilling without needing any extra measuring tools. 

The kit is designed to work with an inexpensive 2.2AH SLA battery readily available from you local battery stockist, hobby shop or electronics store.

You can order now from our online store for $390 HERE.

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