DIY PVC Boat Blige Pump

DIY PVC Boat Blige PumpThe most realistic fact about DIY Cheap Boatbuilding goes like this: “If you build your boat from cheap material you should consider a blige pump!”

I did a google search on blige pumps and there are a lot of different products out there. I found electrical and manual pumps. Then I did a search for DIY blige pump to see if anyone has ever try and build it himself. I have a friend who did but I never got to see the finished version. Anyway I found this cool website that offers a DIY guide for building a homemade PVC blige pump for your boat.

I like it when I manage to build something with my bare hands so I  decided to try to build a DIY PVC Blige Pump. I borrowed some pictures from the source site of the article, that is from Bruce C. Anderson ‘s site.

Bill of materials

  • 1″ thinwall PVC about 24″ long,
  • 1″ end cap,
  • 1″ street L,
  • 24″ fiberglass tent pole,
  • 2 long screws that fit tightly in the hollow tent pole,
  • 10-24 nut and bolt,
  • a piece of plastic cutting board cut to fit snugly inside the PVC tube,
  • some scrap inner tube rubber,
  • a wooden disk for a handle,
  • a little bit of Snoodle

Blige Pump Design

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The output port The input port The plunger valve

Detailed building  instructions can be found here. I build a blige pump and must admit that it worked supprisingly well. I am now improving the design and trying to make a even better and smaller blige pump. This is a very cheap solution for all of you who don’t want to spend 100 EUR for a quality blige pump for your boat.

More pictures of the finished product:

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