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Re: Bilge pump drains into cockpit??
Some folks think that routing the bilge pump to the cockpit gives them a pretty foolproof indication that the pump is running. However, in addition to the issues you raise above, there are a couple of other problems. First, even with clear, free-flowing cockpit drains, pumping bilge water into the cockpit delays getting the water and it's associated weight off of the boat. If the boat gets pooped or broaches, and the cockpit has to drain, adding water from the bilge isn't going to help matters. And, if there isn't a sufficient bridge-deck, pumping into the cockpit could just lead to more water spilling back into the cabin. Second, what if the water in the bilge is coming from a leaky cockpit drain hose/fitting? Pumping the bilge into the cockpit isn't going to accomplish much in such a situation.
If one wants to know that the bilge pump is running (not a bad bit of info to have), just rig a little indictor LED in the forward part of the cockpit. You may not notice it every time the pump activates, but if there is some sort of problem and the pump keeps cycling, you'll notice the light sooner or later.
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