Many years ago I bought a wood commercial fishing
boat. It came with a Lovett bilge pump. The previous owner said it was about 20 years old and maybe should be replaced. Years later I sold the boat with the same Lovett pump still working. That pump did some work, too. I fished the North Pacific
in some rough weather
. Seams would open. I used ice to preserve the catch and the pump removed the water from ice melting. Several tons a week.
I went back to Lovett and haven't had a failure since. About $150 online.
What burned me about Rule
and other "American" made pumps from my youth, is I leave my pumps off. I check my bilges often so I know what's going with the hull
. Mainly I use the engine
room pump when I clean the engines. The rest of the time they're off. No power, sitting in a dry bilge. When I bought the boat I put in new pumps with the built in sensor (no float). All failed within 18 months. Except in the stern, my bilges are deep. Laying on the floor plates I can't reach the bottom of the bilge, so I have to crawl in the bilge to make pump changes. And I'm a fat, old guy. I don't care if the dealer will give me a new pump. I don't want to crawl around in the bilge. When I was young, I don't recall
ever having to replace any brand pump that was bought new.