Thanks for all the input. Some good advice. I've got some spare cables
that are the power leads for the SSB
, which I am planning to remove from the boat. I could easily use those for power directly to the helm. I've got a decent assortment of heavy fuses in the 30-300 amp range and I'll figure out worst case for the pumps. The two main ones are larger than the engine room ones.
This is a better idea than running extension cord. While there is certainly marine
equivalent available, it's something I would have to import
and I'd just as soon not have to rely on things not easily obtainable outside the USA.
And I want the counters. I have to sometimes tweak one or both of the stuffing tubes to get them to drip just the way I want them while motoring. This is an old boat with old original hatches and windows. The rigging
hasn't been rebedded in a long, long time. If ever. I've been chasing leaks
, but rainwater still gets into the bilges. Especially in hard storms with driving rains. and tis the season. I see the counters as being very useful to tell me where leaks
are developing. The leaks that happen when I'm not there to hear an alarm are more important for me to know about than the ones that happen when I am there.
And if I ever came back to the boat one evening and found it level full of water to the bridgedeck, with the batteries submerged, I think I'd appreciate being able to see which pump turned on the most before they all went dead.
I wonder if these things keep the count in memory?