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UGH! I pulled up my bilge pump this weekend (there was not friggin wind to sail), because the auto feature of the pump does not work. It looks to me as if the float must be integral to the pump, because I see no external fitting of any sort. I saw an add on auto feature as I was skulking through the shed at my yard. Is it feasible or cost effective to add a switch externally, or should I just punt and get a new bilge pump with integral switch?

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I hadn't thought that the external switch would be skimping.
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Ideally, there should be two remote float switches at the primary bilge pump, one level with the pump (which could be integrated) and the other a bit higher - with an alarm signaling high water.
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Some bilge pumps come with a float switch and some don't.
So be sure which one you have and if it is the latter you can get a float switch and mount it properly in the bilges as per instructions...Yes read those instructions.
A plus on the separate float switch is that you can reach down and test your bilge pump on a monthly basis.

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Some boats (Gemini's) don't have or need a bilge pump. Boat comes with a 250 gph shower sump pump with a hose that you can, if needed, take to the either side and pump.
Something about half boats having tons of lead that makes them sink, I watched my slip neighbor get deeper and deeper in the water last year, only the ground and his keel kept him above water by spring.

Having said that, the plan (boats new) is to retro fit an automatic pump in both sides, dumping into the centerboard slot with single intregrated switch because my 'bilge' is actually only 4 inches or so deep.
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Hello,

How was the pump supposed to work?

I have mine set up so that I can turn it on / off with a switch, AND there is a separate float switch that will turn the pump on if the water reaches a certain level.

For that set up you need to have two power lines run to the pump - a switched power line for the switch, and another power line that is always powered on for the float switch.

You can buy a float switch at any marine store.

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