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Re: Bilges - On vs. Automatic; Capacity?

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Some might call this just another toy. I would call it peace of mind (especially if I was on a mooring):

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That is pretty cool, but for $1,200, it has some serious "marine" markup in it.

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Re: Bilges - On vs. Automatic; Capacity?

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That is pretty cool, but for $1,200, it has some serious "marine" markup in it.

Another is Aqua Eye, but at about the same price as the Boat Nanny.

MCD's BoatSense is a little more palatable at $685. It doesn't appear to have its own proprietary switches, rather a few normally open or normally closed circuits, allowing you to use an off the shelf float switch, etc.

All of these require some type of monitoring charge at around $200/year.

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Re: Bilges - On vs. Automatic; Capacity?

That is just my own rule developed based upon my novice experiences. Besides the incident related in my recent posts, there was another incident when I was sailing down from Rhode Island to Jersey. Stopped in Liberty Landing. December 2011. More **** happens in cold weather it seems. Anyway, she was docked in slip for the night. We were staying on the boat. Went up to a resturant for dinner and I really didn't see the need to worry about shutting most of the systems down. Before this I had not particularly worried about leaving the water pressure on if I left the boat for a short time. When I returned from dinner I heard that awful sound of water running on the boat and when I found the source it was a head sink pipe (many of my water pipes around galley and head sink are copper) that had just separated at a joint...obviously assisted by the system pressure, and water had already filled my sink cabinent before overflowing onto the head floor and into the bilge.
You can see where it just makes sense to me to pay attention to the water pressure status, especially in older boats because stuff breaks. No big deal...but real trouble usually comes when more than one system malfunctions at the same time. So now I turn off water pressure unless someone is below using the water, but when I'm sailing especially in heavy seas or motor sailing, it's hard to hear the warnings of bilge or other water problems. I imagine more experienced sailors figured out that rule long before I did!

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Stiffwind's experience with a pressure water problem is far from unique. A friend of mine was heading south on the ICW and realized at some point that something was wrong. It was a plumbing failure that emptied over 200 gallons into the bilge--and then some.

I used to have an older Jabsco diaphragm pump that was bulletproof, but noisy. I replaced it with a newer design that is self-regulating--meaning it stops pumping when the pressure goes up, like when all the outlets are off. It's also very quiet. After a couple of times when a tank was emptied and the pump continued to run for an indefinite time, I now shut off the pump at the panel when we are not using water. That includes when we go ashore.
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