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Old 08-06-2008, 16:25   #1
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Which Bilge Pump Switch Do You Like ?

I have gone thru a fair number of bilge pump float switches.
The one I had the best luck with is a switch that West Marine doesn't sell anymore. Not enough mark up I guess.
It is a cylinder affair with a round float in the cylinder.

What type/brand float switches have you other sailers used for over 2 years with no problems?
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Ultra Safety Systems at Fisheries Supply Marine Supplies

I have used the Ultra Junio for 10 years, 2 installed and 1 spare onboard
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Old 08-06-2008, 17:03   #3
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I just searched the web. The Ultra switch is the one I have, that was sold by West.
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Water Witch model 101. Solid state. No floats to jamb. Works exactly like it says it's supposed to. They make a host of accessories, monitors, alarms, remote panels etc. Normal retail on the 101 is $29.95. I got mine on e-Bay for $20.
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We don't have any powered bilge pumps but do have a "Sure Bail" bilge type float switch in our grey water sump - no problems in 12 years and are well regarded switches around here.

They are widely available and a Google will throw up plenty of suppliers.
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I kind of like the pumps with no switches....the computerized pumps that run every couple minutes and if they detect no load on the pump they stop. If they detect a load they keep running. No float switches to go bad.
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Smile Hello everybody

Hi this is TOM.
I do have a Jeanneau Sun Magic 44 in Greece and I mostly sail in the Aegean sea.
Most of the boat maintenance and repairs I do them by myself.
I ll be happy to provide any comment / advice!

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My bilge is quite dry, but I have a Rule as David M notes. I see the switch light up and hear it whurr for an instant and then stop. If I have a leak situation I have several bilge pumps to handle it, manual, portable, electric etc. Seems to do what I need in the engine compartment.
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Manual switch only. Works great. If there's a leak, it becomes obvious in a hurry. Hence it gets fixed. Knock on wood, the Rule pump has now lasted 16 years and running strong.

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Old 06-07-2008, 11:01   #10
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Jin Lee,
Just curious. Do you trailer sail your boat, or live aboard, and never leave the boat unattended?
I can't imaging leaving my boat unattended for any length of time, if I didn't have a bilge pump with an auto switch, just in case. Of course I have a back pump and switch mounted a bit higher, just in case.
Am I too paranoid?
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These guys sell the utra switch cheaper than anyone else I could find...

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I've used all sorts of bilge pump switches over the years, most of them with a limited life My present boat has the Ultra Sr switch which seems to be totally reliable.
TEF-GEL - Ultra safety systems - Home page

For what it's worth

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Water Witch Bilge Switch Model 101 - 230

Model 230, 5 years no problems. I gave up on float switches 5 years ago as well as the "sit in the bilge' centrifugal pumps.
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I like the Rule float switches so much I buy new ones twice a year Thanks for the tips about better switches.
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Thank you immensely. I just ordered the 101-230. My primary float switch was nothing but trouble all last season. I'm looking forward to replacing it with the Water Witch as soon as it arrives.
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