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Re: Electic Bilge Pump Installation

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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
Couple of adds to advice above.

I would not branch the bilge pump to the sink drain, as these are typically underwater when heeled. Both siphon and backpressure can be an issue.

You could combine the outlet with the manual, but if either hose breaks, it seems neither would work. That would defeat the purpose of having both.

I prefer pumps with a separate float switch, as I find that is the first part to go and its easier to troubleshoot, if you can manually pull the switch. Integrated switches are not a violation of anything in my book and are sometimes necessary due to space limitations. Just prefer separate.
I have the same exact boat as the OP. The bilge is very shallow on our boats and I have tried the float switch as I agree it is better in terms of isolating, but our bildges are to shallow for them to work well.

Dave
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