The Jabsco water pump is a workhorse. I don’t think that I needed to rebuild it but I figure if the kit is available then what’s the worse that can happen? I had a partial kit that a PE (previous owner) bought but only replaced the diaphragm and left the rest of the new parts. I looked online and found just a diaphragm for sale. I piggy-backed the purchase with a Whale 25 Gusher bilge pump kit so I can rebuild the manual bilge pump. I’ll post later about that rebuild project.
Tonight I finally installed the tiller pilot so I can test it out this weekend. I’m a little disappointed with the range it has. I suspect it’s only going to be capable of steering in mostly calm weather while the sails are balanced. I don’t think it can take much force, although it draws 12 amps. I did some testing to see how easily it can bottom out. Without moving the mount further aft I’m afraid that it might only have a range of 50 degrees. Not much considering the tiller has near double the range of the pilot.
Anyways, I took a few photos of the newly rebuilt pump.I already have the holes drilled into the platform for when this pump was mounted so I just need to make sure it’s easy to attach. The old plastic fittings will get replaced with new ones and I will install a check valve on the outflow side and attach sharkbite fittings to make replacement a snap.