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Old 02-03-2008
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Brand new bilge pump that doesn't pump.... ugh

I've got a second issue today too. This one is stumping me.

I've got a brand new bilge pump installed and it takes 10-15 minutes of run time to re-prime it and get the water flowing out of the bilge each time I start it. Heck, sometimes it won’t prime and start to flow at all.

If I unclip the pump from the screen / mount and shake it, then the air bubbles slurp out of the hose and then it starts flowing. I've narrowed it to some sort of reverse-drain out of the bilge line to the overboard outlet, but even a rule self-priming pump isn't helping... ugh.

Obviously, I can't be below decks every time I need to run the pump to shake it to get started. The lift on the pump is only about 4 feet, and about 8-10 feet in length.

Is there anyway to resolve this - I've run out of ideas (well, besides scrapping it for a manual diaphragm pump I can run from the cockpit). I've replaced the hosing and pump, and I still haven't found a way to get the water out without dicking around with the pump itself each time it needs to run. The battery drain is a bear to deal with, notwithstanding the initial issue….

Some thoughts here would be GREATLY appreciated!!!!

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