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Old 24 February 2012, 13:26   #1
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Bilge Alarms

I had an assessor down on Wednesday coding my rib and he has instructed me to install a bilge alarm into my engine compartment. My question is - if I have an automatic bilge pump in my engine bay already A) do I still need an alarm? and B) do I need to change the automatic bilge pump to one with a float switch?

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Old 24 February 2012, 13:41   #2
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Presumably a float switch wired into an alarm sounder is all you need. If you already have a float switch attached to your bilge pump it is possible to wire a sounder in parallel so that it sounds whenever the pump operates.
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Presumably a float switch wired into an alarm sounder is all you need.
No help to the OP but vaguely topical:

MANY years ago I was asleep on a very small boat somewere out in the Red Sea. I was awoken at 0300 by "maintenance" noises and arose to find the skipper (Udo Fisher) poking around in the bilges.

"S'up Udo?"

"Notting, I hef vired ze ship's horn to zer float svitch"

"Why Udo?"

"Ach, zer iss som vater comming in, und I vant to get som sleep.."

So:

1. I slept (kinda) in my BCD.
2. She went into drydock two days later.
3. She was never relaunched.
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Yeah that's what I'm thinking it needs BUT if I have a automatic bilge pump, do I need a float switch as they do the same job??

Love your story willk!!!!!!
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I'd have thought that you want an alarm that goes off when the water level rises above the existing pump, indicating that it can't cope/has failed. Surely an independent floatswitch and buzzer would suffice?
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Thanks willk. That makes sense now. As with everything re coding, most of it doesn't make sense at all. I was coded on Wednesday and after reading the codes pack on the DFT site I spent almost 500 on items for my boat to get her up to scratch. The surveyor only asked to see 3 things that I bought so I could have saves almost 420.
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Surely an independent floatswitch and buzzer would suffice?
Err, echo....
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Thanks willk. That makes sense now.
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Err, echo....
No. I made sense
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Of course you did Erin. Thank you very much for our reply too. Just trying to find a wiring diagram now.
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