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Where to locate new bilge pump?
My 24' currently has a single, manual bilge pump, with the intake located under the cabin sole. Not liking to swim when I should be sailing, I will be installing a larger, automatic pump, probably a Rule 2000.
I have two options to install it- one would be below the cockpit, the other would be below the v-berth. There's not nearly enough room to fit the pump itself below the cabin sole. Under the cockpit would seem to be the logical choice (close to the power source and discharge thru-hull) and appears to be where a previous pump had been located. However, the beneath the v-berth is where my head intake/discharge is located, as well as my speed transducer. If I'm going to hole my hull, the source will probably be in this area. If the water gets high enough (the bulkhead separating this compartment has some holes for various hoses about 3 inches off the bottom) it will flow out of the v-berth area, but I'd rather it not get that high!
Any thoughts on where to best place the pump?