Meet the Author


Phyllis has sailed over 40,000 offshore miles with John on their McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, most of it in the high latitudes, and has crossed the Atlantic three times. As a woman who came to sailing as an adult, she brings a fresh perspective to cruising, which has helped her communicate what they do in an approachable way, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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  • Mike Apr 29, 2011, 9:45 pm

    We find that FLOWJET Quiet Quad pumps are reliable too. Also you can strip a pump, clean and rebuild it in about 20 mins. Average run time is 4000 hours between service.

  • RDE Apr 30, 2011, 7:07 pm

    I recently had to disassemble this model Surflow that was working intermittently. Found one brush worn down to the nub and the other one like new. The main shaft bearing rides in a plastic housing that caused the bearing to be off center to the brush housing. Also, be careful to use straight exit fittings to avoid providing a home for lonely barnacles.

    So, I’d recommend carrying a spare if it serves a vital system.

    • John May 1, 2011, 11:52 am

      Hi RDE,

      Interesting. We have never had this problem or had to change brushes. I wonder if you got a dud pump.

      Anyway, I agree about carrying a spare. We carry rebuild kits and a complete spare pump for each pump type that serves a vital system on the boat.

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