Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
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You need to understand how your boat is set up. Once that is done you can determine if you want it that way, or if you want to change it.
Personally, I want my bilge pump to be powered two ways:
1. Directly from the house battery bank to the float switch on the bilge pump. This way, if the bilge fills with water, the float switch will turn on the pump and it will empty the bilge until the level drops low enough to turn off the float switch. The position of the battery switch (1, all, 2, off) doesn't matter.
2. Power from a switch on panel right to the bilge pump.This way I can turn the pump on manually and empty more water than the float switch would. This switch gets powered when the battery bank is on.
I've seen bilge pumps powered in all crazy ways. The way above is how I have mine set up and I like it like that.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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