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post #16 of Old 08-25-2009
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Wire the bilge pump through the float valve directly (with a proper amp fuse) to the battery you use as the "house" battery. It will still work if all the power is switched off. You can still start the engine on the other battery. If you find the house battery is low after you've been away from the boat it is probably because you have a slow leak or rain is getting in.
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