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Old 24 September 2018, 06:40   #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, 07:02   #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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Old 24 September 2018, 07:21   #4
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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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