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Re: Bilges - On vs. Automatic; Capacity?

Stiffwind's experience with a pressure water problem is far from unique. A friend of mine was heading south on the ICW and realized at some point that something was wrong. It was a plumbing failure that emptied over 200 gallons into the bilge--and then some.

I used to have an older Jabsco diaphragm pump that was bulletproof, but noisy. I replaced it with a newer design that is self-regulating--meaning it stops pumping when the pressure goes up, like when all the outlets are off. It's also very quiet. After a couple of times when a tank was emptied and the pump continued to run for an indefinite time, I now shut off the pump at the panel when we are not using water. That includes when we go ashore.
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