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Re: Adding automatic bilge pump to manual bilge pump

First of all, thanks to all, despite my newfound headache (haha)
I mentioned the check valve, because I didn't want the pump constantly pumping that little bit left in the discharge hose, but Tom's excellent suggestion fixes that problem.
Secondly, for the life of me, there seems to be no evidence of this boat ever having an automatic bilge, despite it being offshore numerous times. Some people like living on the edge, I guess.
Lastly, I should have prefaced the entire conversation by saying that as a complete noob at all things fiberglass, I am TERRIFIED of drilling on my Preciousss. I was a nervous wreck when I drilled four little holes for the new shore power plug! Paying the yard to do any repairs at this time is out of the question.
I guess I will check things out again this weekend, and just keep stressing until I ultimately make a decision. One thing is for sure, SeaMist is NOT going back in the water without an automatic bilge pump.
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