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Old 28 July 2013, 04:31   #1
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Automatic bilge pump

I have a 5.20 m Valiant Rib with a bilge pump (non automatic).
It it rains and the boat is not covered, the aft almost sinks.
I am thinking installing a second bilge pump, with automatic switch, maybe a "removable" solution, just to avoid this situation.
Any comments? Any pump model recommended.
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Old 28 July 2013, 04:36   #2
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Why not just fit a float switch to the pump circuits? Only advantage I can see to a second pump is redundancy if one fails. But I'd say an elephant trunk or something simillar would be a better redundancy option when out of the water and a bucket for if you are stationary.
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Old 28 July 2013, 04:46   #3
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Why not just fit a float switch to the pump circuits? Only advantage I can see to a second pump is redundancy if one fails. But I'd say an elephant trunk or something simillar would be a better redundancy option when out of the water and a bucket for if you are stationary.
Would second that. I am on a swing mooring for six months and use a float switch.

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Old 28 July 2013, 04:54   #4
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Replace it with one of these

RULE-MATE FULLY AUTOMATIC BILGE PUMP 500 GPH 12V - Rule Electric Bilge Pumps - RULE-MATE FULLY AUTOMATIC BILGE PUMP 500 GPH 12V - Rule Electric Bilge Pumps - Discount Marine Chandlery and Sailing Equipment. Bargain Boat Spares and Clothing
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Old 28 July 2013, 04:59   #5
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Or one of these:
RULE-A-MATIC FLOAT SWITCH - Float Switches - RULE-A-MATIC FLOAT SWITCH - Float Switches - Discount Marine Chandlery and Sailing Equipment. Bargain Boat Spares and Clothing
Available elsewhere (fleabay etc) for half the price, and save 30 for the next bit of kit..
Doesn't sound like there is anything wrong with his pump
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Personally I'd prefer to add a float switch-pumps and switches don't usually fail at the same time and replacing both is more money.
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Old 28 July 2013, 05:51   #7
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Thank you all.
I will try the switch option (or the automatic Rule pump).
The transom of the Valiant PT-520 is very low and the Suzuki DF 90 is heavy. Already had some situations where the transom was below water level (after one night of heavy rain). I was lucky the engine started and could drain the water by driving at slow speed.
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Bear in mind the pump if its got that much water to shift will drain a fair bit of power. You'll want a different battery or you wont be able to start the DF90...

Cover?
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If I leave the boat on the water for a long time, I will use the cover, but just for one or two days...

Thanks for the note about the battery capacity.
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I use Rule 800 gph auto pumps on mine - they switch on for a second every few minutes, and switch off again if there is no resistance (i.e. no water).

However - left on the mooring for a month last autumn (for reasons I had no control over ) - two pumps completely flattened the batteries on the boat...
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