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Old 24 July 2012, 09:13   #1
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Auto bilge pump

Hi all, I need to replace my bilge pump i'm thinking of putting an auto bilge pump on this time is anyone using an auto pump ? & can anyone give me some idea to witch one I should go for there are so many on the market at the mo not sure witch one to pick cheers
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Old 24 July 2012, 09:30   #2
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Hi Andy I use them all the time as I'm on a swing mooring. Do not buy the rulematic with the inbuilt float switch as it pulses every 5 mins till it gets resistance therefore is working all the time and makes a bigger demand on your battery over time. I always use the Rule 1100 with a separate float switch which only activates when the water reaches your predetermined height. I like Rule but other will say Johston or Whale it's up to personal preference. Better put in a second battery if you don't already with a reg switch do you will always have power to start.
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Old 24 July 2012, 11:55   #3
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I've got a Johnson combi unit going on the 7.8-the Johnson pumps have replaceable motor cartridges, changeable outlet fittings and a lug to fit an auto switch on them.

Can't comment on how good it is though as it hasn't been used yet.
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At the risk of being contraversal, I don't see the point of a bilge pump unless you have a bilge, or don't have an elephants trunk.

I have a bilge pump and an elephants turn and never need to use the pump - am I missing something?
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At the risk of being contraversal, I don't see the point of a bilge pump unless you have a bilge, or don't have an elephants trunk.

I have a bilge pump and an elephants turn and never need to use the pump - am I missing something?
Do you use a swing mooring or do you dry stack or trailer?
it makes a diffence if your on a swing mooring and you can get to your boat every weekend
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Old 24 July 2012, 12:11   #6
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Do you use a swing mooring or do you dry stack or trailer?
it makes a diffence if your on a swing mooring and you can get to your boat every weekend
Fair point, I'm on a trailer or at least the boat is
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I suspect Hadd's Ribcraft will have a " bilge " at the back

My 585 lives on a trailer most of the time , but I like my Rule 1100 auto pump.
She's never on a mooring unattended for more than 24hours , and that won't harm a healthy battery .
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If the boat lives on the water, fair doos. Other than that, I'd not bother on a rib. Unless you have a decent well, they're sat there prime time ready for a kicking by kids and other non-paying guests.
I don't have a bilge pump on 'Hey Joe' and rarely miss it.
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Hi all, I need to replace my bilge pump i'm thinking of putting an auto bilge pump on this time is anyone using an auto pump ? & can anyone give me some idea to witch one I should go for there are so many on the market at the mo not sure witch one to pick cheers
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!
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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.
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