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If you are unlucky enough to have rolled over in your kayak like I have, then you will really appreciate this project. The goal was to install a bilge pump that was operated by you feet. This allows you hands to be free for paddling and stabilizing your boat. It’s a well thought out build that would make a nice addition to any sea kayak.

Learn how to make you own Kayak bilge pump.

Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.



  1. Anonymous says:

    Now you need a nozzle on the outlet so you can use it as a water cannon too!!

  2. Andrew says:

    Isnt a spray skirt supposed to keep water intrusion to a minimum?

    1. Marc de Vinck says:


      Spray skirts are mostly used on white water kayaks, not lake kayaks. I rarely used mine because it traps in a lot of heat and makes it really uncomfortable. However, they are great when it rains or is cold!