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Old 24 September 2018, 07:40   #1
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Cost of fitting a Bilge Pump

I'm looking for a bit of advice about Bilge Pumps.....

I am keeping my Brig 500 on a swinging mooring in Poole Harbour. Obviously we've had a pretty good summer and the boat has generally been very dry when I have gone out to it. After a few downpours, however, the transom area fills and pulls the back end down a little into the water.


I have been advised to fit a Bilge Pump and, after perusing these forums, have concluded that a RuleMate 500 would do the trick

The Boatyard associated with the Marina has quoted me around £550 to fit one (including three way switch and materials). The labour aspect is around £300. Does this seem fair or should I just wait a few weeks until I take it out of the water for winter and do it myself?

Thanks in advance for any advice

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Old 24 September 2018, 08:02   #2
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That is way ott, a good pump is like 60 quid plus bits like switch, wire etc, call it 100 max. I'd be fitting that myself.
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i bought a rule auto pump off fleabay for £20 easy to fit you could set it up a temp with wires external and pack away when you use the boat if you dont want to thread wires etc the pump comes off its base plate for cleaning so easy to disassemble.
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Put politely.... The boat yard would rather not do the job. ����
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Have a go yourself

An easy fit

I fitted a rule 500 myself that’s 500 gallons an hour which is plenty for rain/ splash cover, seems man/women/ trans gender enough for the job given the size of boat
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An easy fit



I fitted a rule 500 myself that’s 500 gallons an hour which is plenty for rain/ splash cover, seems man/women/ trans gender enough for the job given the size of boat


You missed out “non-binary”, someone will be offended
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Thanks for the advice everyone....

The weather seems set fair for the next week or more so I will get down there tomorrow and bail out after the weekend rain……. and you have helped me make the decision. I'll bring it back to the garage for winter and do it myself. There seem to be a lot of useful videos on youtube, and I have no doubt that I'll be able to get on here for more help if I get myself in a pickle.

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I've decided to try one of the Ebay/Amazon Chinese pumps (Sailflo I think its called). I don't need it to operate on a mooring so no real issue if it fails as I have the elephants trunk so thought it worth a punt at £16 for a 600gph auto pump. Will see how it holds up but it looks and feels quite sturdy.

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wow that is alot, having a boat is like having a hacker get into your bank account. I don't understand how my car service is usually x amount and my boat engine service is x times 4.

If I could find some decent outboard serving course I would do my own. enouth winging.

Bilge pumps, fairly easy to fit, at that price my advice would be to do it yourself, get hold of appropriate switches and marine grade wiring and connectors. I say switches as in plural as dependant upon the pump you may want it ON in auto mode while on the mooring and to be able to actually switch it on if needed.

Also if you have battery isolation switches that you turn off when the boat is on mooring and not in use then wire switch direct to battery (via fuse bank) or perm on supply independant of batt switches. That way you can just have the bilge pump on in auto mode and all other electrics etc off when away from boat. (auto mode meaning when water in bilge gets to a certain point it switches the pump on) Not trying to teach anyone to suck eggs or anything and hope that makes sense.
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Does anyone want a bilge pump fitted - just bring me your boat and £500 - Job done!
I'd call that extortionate. Its an easy job to do and you will have the benefit of knowing how it works and what to look out for. there are plenty of tutorials on line. my advice is to DIY
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I would think under £100 worth of bits
https://www.marinescene.co.uk/produc...mp-500-gph-12v

https://www.marinescene.co.uk/produc...ll-round-pumps

https://www.marinescene.co.uk/produc...quot;-hose-kit

And possibly a switch and some wire and a fuse/ fuse holder....
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on the other side of the coin I can see why its quite expensive on the face of it maybe they don't fit cheap pumps is the wiring route to the back awkward is the wiring on the boat a disaster also does the boat yard charge a reasonable hourly rate are they subbing the job out folk are too quick to jump on people running a business just my thoughts
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I think I'd wait until you get it out of the water and do it yourself. The automatic Rule pump that you've identified seems quite good. take the power from the battery side of the isolator through a fuse to the pump.

Do you run it through a switch? My initial thought would have been yes but reading posts on here, I'm no longer sure. It's another failure mode plus you've got to remember to turn it on. You could always pull the fuse out if you are storing the boat ashore with the bung out.
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on the other side of the coin I can see why its quite expensive on the face of it maybe they don't fit cheap pumps is the wiring route to the back awkward is the wiring on the boat a disaster also does the boat yard charge a reasonable hourly rate are they subbing the job out folk are too quick to jump on people running a business just my thoughts
I think the term is an "FO" quote
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... folk are too quick to jump on people running a business just my thoughts
God forbid we would pay someone a decent wage to do something we could do ourselves for half the money in twice the time!
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God forbid we would pay someone a decent wage to do something we could do ourselves for half the money in twice the time!
But seriously.....

Three hours tops, 500gph pump and a "centre off switch".£100 tops.
They're wanting over a hundred pound an hour for labour.......try working for the NHS.
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It’s an hours job, but in their quote have they included a solar panel to recharge the battery?
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But seriously.....

Three hours tops, 500gph pump and a "centre off switch".£100 tops.
They're wanting over a hundred pound an hour for labour.......try working for the NHS.
I won't attempt to justify £550, but equally you clearly have no idea how to cost a job. Working for the NHS might not have helped!

3 hours "might" sort this one or it might not. I absolutely, without any doubt or uncertainty, bet you anything that the OP won't do the job in under 3 hours. In fact, once procurement is included, I bet he spends an entire day at it. And even then it might not work....
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