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Old 07-04-2018, 05:17   #1
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A Bilge Pump Cautionary Tale

Do NOT assume that your bilge pump system is working because your bilge is dry and the little red light on the bilge pump breaker comes on when you flick it on. That light only indicates that the breaker is operational, not that the bilge pump and float switch are operational. On a larger vessel with ambient noise, you might not be able to hear that the pump isn't running. Don't allow a dry bilge to reassure you that all is well; you could just have a naturally dry bilge, especially with sail drives, a dripless seal, or light use of a fridge. When you really need a bilge pump and flick that breaker, you want to be sure that the water is actually being pumped out. Periodically, test both bilge circuits. Pour some water in the bilge and be sure the pump actuates, and check that the pump does come on when you turn on the breaker. It's also a simple matter to unsnap the pump from its plastic housing, remove any debris, and check the blades of the rotor; and while you're at it, clean that bilge
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Re: A Bilge Pump Cautionary Tale

Good post!

We think alike on this issue.
Best to check and verify proper operation, rather than depending solely on a circuit light.
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Re: A Bilge Pump Cautionary Tale

Actually I have had two charter boats with none working bilge pumps, the first nearly sank and the second was swapped out before I left the dock. It’s a lesson or mistake you remember for a long time.

P.s. the first boat lost the hose clip on the exhaust hose from the mixing elbow. I still have it on my desk at work. Fun day...
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