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Old 01-19-2013
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Bilges - On vs. Automatic; Capacity?

I have two bilge pumps in the center of my boat (from the original owner) controlled by two switches in my galley. One runs immediately when switched on. The other is a float-switch type that is meant to be left switched on.

- Why not just install two pumps with a float switch?

- Is there a reason not to get the highest GPH that you can find? I've seen 4000+ GPH. Why not put two 4000 GPH side by side both with float switches?

- The bilge pumps always seem to leave about an inch of stinkwater unpumped? Is that just because the filters need to be cleaned? Or is that typical?
Severna Park, MD
Pearson 35 - s/v Tiger Lily
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