Bear with me--having upload confusions
I have commented in other threads that with all the trouble we go to to keep electrical equipment
away from water
, it is illogical (spock?) to then put the most critical components (pumps and switches) UNDER WATER
Bluestocking has 1" bore diaphram pumps, conveniently accessed thru a cockpit
locker door, with a parts
and tools bin at their location, ready for quick servicing, should it be necessary.
The bilges are 3 1/2 ft below the cabin sole
, in a deep wine glass shape.
I like to periodically test the switches and with this set-up, I can so do simply by lifting the float switch at the front of the engine
Component to build this rig are all non-ferrous, and easily obtainable.
Mounting is a bathroom towel bar, guide mounts are aluminum
channel riveted on, lifting rods are poly faucet tubes reinforced with 3/16 dowel, float (sinced epoxy
painted) is a piece of a "noodle".
You can see a pin thru the rod just below the upper mount. This limits the upward travel of the float, and prevents the rod from jamming the switch open.
Have let my bilge
flood thru intake fitting, and this works great.
Could be make fancier, but I believe in KISS.