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Old 24 July 2012, 16:14   #11
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My pet peeve is with float switches. Mechanical switches like to stick, and usually exactly where they will create the worst possible problem. Could be on so it kills your battery, or off, so the boat floods.

Therefore an electronic bilge pump sensor is my preference, and there are a few different brands around. Water Witch is one brand, Whale Pumps use some kind of built in electronic switch that can also be purchased separately.
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Old 24 July 2012, 16:23   #12
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Ive got a Rule with separate float switch but been on boat today and switch not working. The bilge pump still works on manual but auto float switch doesn't activate. Is the float switch easy to replace please and if so how? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

I would check it first for gravel or grit sticking the wedge. If knacker then just replace the old one exactly where the old one sits making sure you seal the holes, and replace wires into the pump itself.
Wish you luck been there myself a few times
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Old 24 July 2012, 16:43   #13
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Got a pair of the new Whale autos on mine Andy,but not sure up if I prefer them over the Rule type...don't seem to pull the last bit of water out as well.Although the R.C guys reckon they're less problamatic..time will tell.
The Deep Bilges do a good job though.. Pluss, they're handy for keeping a few Mackerel fresh too!
yeah the Rule type are great pumps i'm not sure what's wrong with the pump it keep's blowing fuse's at the mo it might just need rewire i just fancy putting an auto bilge on i keep forgetting to switch off at times so putting auto on will sort that problem , & yes the deep sump is great for the live bait thanks for the input guy's the Rule 1100 auto look's like the one
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Old 24 July 2012, 17:18   #14
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Andy its only my way after many a flooded rib but dont do Rulmatic go seperate float, its the way I have found the best all round
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Old 24 July 2012, 17:19   #15
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I have one of these on a 3 way switch

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Old 25 July 2012, 14:31   #16
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Thanks chaps, I keep her in the water so floating switch needed. Probably hasnt helped that i have an infatuation with flicking it up everytime i have water in the bilge and often forget to turn it to manual when blatting around!
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I have an auto sensing pump, it runs every two minutes and if there is resistance it will keep pumping till it goes away, probably not the best one for a mooring but I simply switch it on and don't bother with the trunk as the boat is kept nice and dry.
When diving you bring a fair amount of water into the boat so the pump is handy when you are over a shot having to occasionally unhook and run the boat around in circles to get rid of water!
Its been on the boat for 4 years now and never missed a beat*, switched on all the time we are in the boat.

* apart from the time one of the uys stood in the well and broke the mounting bracket!
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We are on our 3 set of Whale pumps in 2 years The Boat has a pair and they all failed in less thean 6 months Replaced foc but jury out on the latest version as one is starting to play up already

Whale Supersub Smart 1100 Automatic Bilge Pump

Problems . Jamming on when submerged . Work better with filter off .

We have 2 batteries and boat is on a mooring for weeks at a time so they are needed and for the most part work , but given rate of replacement I cant give this pump any positives . Try something else
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We are on our 3 set of Whale pumps in 2 years The Boat has a pair and they all failed in less thean 6 months Replaced foc but jury out on the latest version as one is starting to play up already

Whale Supersub Smart 1100 Automatic Bilge Pump

Problems . Jamming on when submerged . Work better with filter off .

We have 2 batteries and boat is on a mooring for weeks at a time so they are needed and for the most part work , but given rate of replacement I cant give this pump any positives . Try something else
Hi how are you well I hope.
That was the problem with us on the mooring with Rulematic. We have gone back to old fashioned pump and float switch. It works and not as big a draw on the battery
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Just ordered the Rule 500 Auto & some new wire to rewire it so hopefully should sort the problem now, it will only be switched on when the rib's being used so no problem running the battery dry
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