What You'll Get
Choose Between Two Options
- $99 for Monday - Friday Only: A 60-Minute Jet Ski Rental for Up to Two People ($150 value)
- $109 for Valid Any Day: A 60-Minute Jet Ski Rental for Up to Two People ($150 value)
Bilge Pumps: Smooth Sailing
Even if your boat is motorized, it takes work to keep it afloat. Learn about one key component with Groupon’s look at the bilge pump.
From motorboats and jet skis to yachts and mega cruise ships, virtually all seaworthy vessels have a bilge. As the lowest compartment on a ship, the bilge often takes on water, whether through the propeller, small leaks on deck, or the captain’s slowly melting popsicle stash. Bilge pumps clear the area of excess water and spilled fuel in order to keep the ship in working order. Although it may seem counterintuitive, small sailing vessels can require more powerful bilge pumps than larger recreational boats, especially if they see a lot of rough water or host a lot of squirt-gun fights; it simply takes less water to imperil them.
Many bilge pumps are electrically driven centrifugal pumps. The pump’s rotating impeller—a sort of water wheel—draws water to its center and pushes it through a discharge pipe with the help of an attached diffuser, which constricts and channels the water to build up pressure and propel it through the discharge outlet. Centrifugal pumps must be fully submerged in water in order to work, but they can quickly clear the bilge of dangerous liquid.
Electrical pumps, however, are vulnerable to power outages. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a manual pump onboard. These pumps can clear about 20 gallons of water per minute, though they can be quite tiring to operate; accordingly, some experts recommend a motor-driven backup pump. No bilge pump, whether manual or electric, can prevent a boat from sinking in the event of a large leak, but they can buy valuable time.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 28, 2015. Amount paid never expires. May be repurchased every 30 days. Must sign waiver. Subject to weather. Reservation required and only accepted 24 hours in advance; subject to availability. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Limit 2 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Must be over 14 with a boating license or 18 or older. Passenger must be age 5 or older as well as 42" or taller. Must arrive 20 minutes prior to rental for lesson/safety briefing. If cancellation needed due to weather and conditions, will send a text out that day. Rental includes 1 jet ski only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.