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Old 08 March 2008, 11:13   #1
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Auto Bilge pumps

Whats the best auto bilge pump for a rib?
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Old 08 March 2008, 12:31   #2
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lol. If you ask me their all crap.
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Old 08 March 2008, 12:55   #3
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I bought a little manual Rule off ebay some years ago and just used to switch it on and off when needed, its not as if you can't see when there is water inside a Rib anyway!
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Old 08 March 2008, 13:26   #4
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I bought a little manual Rule off ebay some years ago and just used to switch it on and off when needed, its not as if you can't see when there is water inside a Rib anyway!
there was an outo one in the rib when i bought it, but presently not working, maybe a fuse or something gone. Didn't have a chance yet to investigate further.
I think a manual one will do me also as an auto one will only drain my battery.
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I have one of the kits made up on ebay complete with skin fitting and mounting bracket, you can get them with and without float switch.
The manual version I bought for the new hull was about 20 complete with the above fitttings.
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I have one of the kits made up on ebay complete with skin fitting and mounting bracket, you can get them with and without float switch.
The manual version I bought for the new hull was about 20 complete with the above fitttings.
well if mine doesn't work i'll have a look at these. What means have you for switching it on. A switch on the console?

A pump would be handy, on launching off the trailer and into the water last sunday was when i really realised one would be handy as i got some water in over the transom and had to spin up the harbour to let it out.
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I think it's the float switches that pack up all the time. As said already, keep it manual and use it as you need it. No disadvantage unless you keep it in the water for prolonged periods.
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I had mine switched through the switch panel on the console, switched on when needed and off when finished with.
I found it was a handy thing when diving as you could not always use the trunk when divers were kitting/dekitting in rough weather and the boat tended to fill up.
I can remember on more than one occassion having the boat completely full to the tops of the tubes before fitting it.
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I had mine switched through the switch panel on the console, switched on when needed and off when finished with.
I found it was a handy thing when diving as you could not always use the trunk when divers were kitting/dekitting in rough weather and the boat tended to fill up.
I can remember on more than one occassion having the boat completely full to the tops of the tubes before fitting it.
how did you get so much water in?
as i said last week launching it i got a bit in over the transom and then not being use to the boat and engine slowed down too quickly and got another gush in over the transom.

will be leaving mine tied on a mooring in an enclosed harbour an odd week or 2 not always so i'm wondering will the manual be enough, see if i fit an automatic will it drain my battery (have the one). there will always be someone around me or family member to see it from the pier every day so if just had manual they could turn it on any day or after it had made heavy rain.
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When you have a 5m RIB with 4 hairy a**d divers with twin cylinders in a 1m swell, then its easy!
The Assault I had didn't have the highest transom and tubes in the world and stuffing it the odd time could also fill it to the brim depending on what sort of sea you were running into. The Assault isn't the driest boat in the world at the best of times
Mainly it was just sitting with heavy folk at the stern getting kitted up that did it though........
You will probably need a auto pump if leaving it moored, I only do that overnight in excellent and extremely rarely at that.
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