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Old 08 June 2005, 14:36   #11
Country: Ireland
Town: Carigaline/Baltimore
Boat name: XS-600
Make: XS-Ribs
Length: 6m +
Engine: Merc Optimax 150 XL
Join Date: Feb 2004
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Thanks everybody for the responses. I think I'm going to go with this one:
It seems that most problems stem from the float switch jamming open, so if I can avoid this by going with the computerised version then it seems like a good idea. I really wish I could fit an extra battery but I just don't have the space. The transom well is generally kept very clean and I have never jammed the manual rule bilge pump that I have so I guess the auto one should be the fine there. I'll just have to check for any large debris before I leave the boat in future!

Mike, is this the version you have and did Barnet fit it? (I'm getting mine from them too)

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Old 08 June 2005, 16:59   #12
Country: UK - England
Town: Herne Bay
Boat name: Rotary Rescue
Make: Pacific 22
Length: 6m +
Engine: Mermaid 160
MMSI: 235021725
Join Date: Nov 2003
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Bilge Pps

On our hard boat we have the jabsco hydrostatic type (air pressure in tube)
and hasnt let us down yet and sits on a mooring all year round, all others have failed but havnt tried the new computerised type.

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Old 08 June 2005, 17:04   #13
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Town: Berkshire and Devon
Make: Lodestar
Length: under 3m
Engine: Mercury 5hp
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Originally Posted by Paul F
On our hard boat
Hard boat!?!?
Hard boat!?!??!

Did I hear you correctly?

Shouldn't you be on ??
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Old 08 June 2005, 23:23   #14
Country: USA
Town: San Diego.California
Boat name: Bayshots
Make: XS-550
Length: 5m +
Engine: Suzuki DF90
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 851
Sensaswitch update

Used this switch for a year now and so far impressed. No moving parts to jam corrode or bounce about giving false switching.Worked faultlessly so far.

Its a a solid state switch that senses the water level.It's completely sealed in plastic with no moving parts and would appear to be ideal for RIB applications.
It has 2 raised circles marked on the case ; the higher one being the on marker(2" up ) and the lower ,being the off level.(3/4" up)
Will handle pumps up to 20 Amps and comes with a 3 year limited warranty.
Also easy to test ; you put two fingers on the raised circles to switch on/remove the top finger pump stays on/remove bottom finger and turns off after short delay.

Does anyone else use these? Wondered if there were any drawbacks/
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Old 09 June 2005, 17:19   #15
Country: UK - Wales
Town: Southampton
Boat name: DynaMoHumm/ SRV/deja
Make: Avon8.4, 5.4 & 4.777
Length: 8m +
Engine: Cat3126 Yam 90 &70
MMSI: 42
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I use the Jabsco's that Paul F is referring to and they is just fine. cos the switch is not immersed in water it doesn't fail
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Old 10 June 2005, 04:27   #16
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Town: Newcastle upon Tyne
Boat name: Happy Hours
Make: Scorpion
Length: 8m +
Engine: 300 Verado
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My solution to the second battery issue was a trickle charger. I have one wired into the boats electrical system and put the boat onto the power on the quay when I leave her for extended periods of time, since doing that the battery is always strong and the bilge always keeping the deck and bilge dry. Had loads of problems prior to doing this.

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