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Old 27 July 2014, 10:39   #1
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Bilge pump

I have rule 1100 with float switch. Interested to know what other people have fitted as I think mine i inherited with rib is to big and draws to much from battery over the time I'm not there


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Old 27 July 2014, 10:47   #2
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I've got a Rule 500 GPH auto sensing (crap) looking for a new one as this one has packed up after 23 hours
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Old 27 July 2014, 12:04   #3
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I've got a Rule 500 GPH auto sensing (crap) looking for a new one as this one has packed up after 23 hours

Stopped using them years ago went through three in three months went back to seperate pump and switch


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Old 27 July 2014, 13:41   #4
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Get a bigger battery? Solar panel?

I had two 1100gph Rules in my Nautique, and never had a problem. Then again my boat only lived in the water when I was using it. I did have both of them set up with electronic sensors. My bilge was fairly clean, but the mechanical floats did jam, and the boat bounced around a lot so I never trusted the simple floats. The electronic switches never failed me.
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Old 27 July 2014, 14:19   #5
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Get a bigger battery? Solar panel?
Or go to the boat more often
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Old 27 July 2014, 17:23   #6
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Dunno Jambo? But seems to me never have anything automatic when it comes to a bilge pump. It's life and death no-matter the floativity of the tubes. And in your area, you need an engine that will keep running in or out of water without thoughtful need of cooling when in an emergency! I know. In /88 I had my Son then 9 years of age when we hit a huge waterfront storm three miles out; Sent Mark Under the small bow..telling him the water will soak us a wee-bit so stay under there (smile). I thought I was the end and least my little boy had a life jacket on...But my 40hp "701" Mercury while constantly getting water-gutted on the down-swirl of these 14 foot wavs DID NOT QUITE. We finally came in as we had to do a diagonal sweep to get back to shore. And that diagonal sweep from appx 3 miles out, landed us in the shallows at "Port Credit", some four miles away from "Marie Curtis Park" fourmiles east and where we launched.
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Old 04 August 2014, 20:18   #7
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I have had bad luck with the built in float switches. Always prefer the external switches, one made by ultra safety switch from Florida is a great switch, had it for 6 years and never failed once.
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Old 05 August 2014, 03:22   #8
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I have 3 x Attwood Sahara automatic 1100 GPH pumps in the bilges of the Pacific. I leave them on auto. Might seem overkill, but I have had occasions when a wave has caught me out on the Chichester Bar and has broken over the bow almost totally filling the boat. I have 2 large scuppers on the transom which dumps it fairly quickly, but some is bound to get inside. I use one of these on the Porter 6.5 in the well at the stern and it has been very reliable over the last 2 years.
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