Originally Posted by davidpm
It you like idea of an automatic pump you can add an hour meter to the pump. That way you will know how much it is running.
This is what I did. Had a small, steady leak from a hose fitting that went undetected because the bilge pump (automatic) was evacuating the water every few hrs. Well, several years ago I arrived to find the bilge pump failed (debris in the stainer) and water everywhere. Bailed her out and found the offending hose fitting.... The bilge pump, until it failed, kept us from realizing a leak existed. I've since wired in a meter that measures the number of bilge pump on/off cycles. Check it every time I get to the boat to see how often it activated.....