Join Date: May 2008
Location: Los Angeles area
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Finally Finished High-Water Alarm
Hi all. I have been working (off and on) on installing an alarm to go off when my larger back-up bilge pump goes off. This has been a long project for a couple of reasons. First, I ended up installing new primary and secondary (de-watering) pumps, along with new wiring and switches. Of course, that took longer than anticipated
. The second reason is that whenever I arrived at the boat and the wind was blowing, I left the tools in the car and went sailing! I am happy to say that I went sailing more than I worked on this project.
Last week I showed up with some of the tools and none of the proper parts. D#mn! It is about 50 miles back to my house so I went sailing again. Today I had the tools and parts and wired the horn to the pump wires coming from the float. That way the pump and horn operate, but I can disable the horn (in-line fuse) and the pump will keep working. Now that it is in, I hope it NEVER goes off while I am sleeping! To say that it will wake the dead is an understatement. The pump that it is wired to is set up to begin operating when the water in the bilge rises to about six inches more than required to operate the main pump. So if it goes off, "Houston, we have a problem".
Anyway, I am pleased to finish one more project and begin several others. Can't wait for the summer over-night trips. BTW, I learn so much from all of you.
Odyssey, '79 CSY 44 Cutter
Channel Islands, CA
"There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage."