I also took apart the whale gusher manual bilge pump that does not work.
I took it out of a devilishly difficult place access wise, tested it and found out that it worked OK so I put it back in again and it still doesn't want to work. Never mind. It is not as if anyone is pushing me to do all this stuff.
While I was taking the whale gusher out, I had quite a serious accident. Now one of the terrible things about getting old is that you have to put up with wearing glasses. However there is one good thing that you get from all this inconvenience. When you are working underneath something like changing the oil in your car, then without glasses you get all this junk falling into your eyes. Wearing glasses protects your eyes. This afternoon though my glasses slipped at the most inopportune time and I got a big chunk of rusty metal in my right eye. Time to try out my new first aid kit.
Tomorrow I hope to install some new lifelines.
By the way, living at the marina is not for the faint of heart. The shower block is a sight worse than death and I sleep in my V-berth at the bow of the boat.