Experienced boaters know it's impossible to keep a vessel completely water-free. The Genuine Thirsty-MateŽ hand pump from Beckson Marine is the ideal tool for draining smaller craft like dinghies, canoes and kayaks.

Fitted with Beckson's trademark, red T-handle and gray body with angled spout, the Thirsty-Mate pump is self-priming. Because the hand pump is made of polyvinyl material, it won't corrode, rust or cause damage. Cleaning is easy, too. If the pump gets clogged, removing the foot valve assembly and cleaning out the inside gets it back into use quickly and easily.

The nonconductive material is solvent-welded and can withstand temperatures up to 120° F. The most popular Thirsty-Mate models come in lengths of 18", 24", 30" and 36" with hose lengths of up to 6'. Capacities range between 6 to 13 gallons per minute. Replacement parts are readily available.

Retail prices for Thirsty Mate hand pumps range from $19.95 to $44.95.

Contact Beckson Marine Inc., 165 Holland Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06605. sales@beckson.com; www.beckson.com.