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Re: Bilge Procedures on a Cat 27
There are bilge pump cycle counters that you can install. They indicate how many cycles the bilge pump has made while you're away. If the number of cycles is significant, you know you have a problem.
I disagree on the value of bilge pump alarms. Due to the litigious nature of people these days, neighbors will rarely board an unattended vessel to pump it out when a bilge pump alarm is sounding off. If you're lucky, a marina employee might call you to inform you that your alarm is sounding off, but I've watched people pass by a boat with it's alarm screaming all day long.
The best system is strong batteries, a suitable pump for your boat and a reliable automatic switch and a cycle counter. The next possible step, which comes with its own pro's and con's, is shore power connected to an onboard battery charger to keep the batteries alive and pumping in case a leak becomes a constant ingress of water.
Alacrity, 1981 Tartan 33 #168