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Re: Went to the boat for a sail..and its Flooded!!!

Originally Posted by davidpm View Post
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.
A cycle counter (clicky-clicky) is better than an hour meter, IMHO. Little drips are pretty quickly dealt with by even a small bilge pump, so your hour meter may take several cycles to register any significant use. However, if I've been away from the boat for a week and the cycle counter has more than an additional count or two registered (particularly it the weather has been dry) then I know I have a potential problem. I also cycle the pump manually every month or so to make sure everything is working (pumping/counting).

In the case of the boat in this thread, the packing gland has probably been leaking for weeks. With a cycle counter the owner would have noticed the the bilge pump had been activated several times a week (maybe several times a day) and could have addressed the problem before he got his TopSiders wet.

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