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Yet another bilge pump thread - Flojet ?
My dissatisfaction with my bilge water continues unabated. Currently, I have a Rule 800 automatic, in the sense that it turns itself on periodically, and if it senses load (due to water) it pumps until the load is gone. This feeds a 3/4 inch hose with a check valve.
I know the check valve is bad because it might get stuck. The problem I have is that the hose is about 15 feet long and slopes up from the bilge. So when the pump stops, all the water from the pump comes back. Even a more narrow hose would be too much water.
In general, I am not happy with the pump because it needs a good inch of water to work. That's more than I really want. Other than that, I am happy with it. I like its operating mode and it never clogs.
I don't really want a second pump. The bilge area is small and quite dirty.
Finally, due to the dirtyness of the bilge, I am not sure a mechanical float switch will be reliable.
Today, my check valve did get stuck (while still on the hard) and so i am rethinking. I could just replace the check valve and drive on, but I figure it is worth some thought.
So I am trying to think of a way to reduce the backflow and lower the level.
It seems a Flowjet might do it. The manual is poor (at least what I have found) but it seems that it has a pump that mounts away from the bilge, and a pickup that mounts low. My only problem would be how to control it. Maybe an electronic float switch?
Or, I could live with the 1 inch of water (I have been for years) and maybe just loop the discharge tube fromt he Rule pump? In that case, would the pump be strong enough to pump water through the loop? I would need a tall loop, maybe a foot or more.
Scampi 30 MK-IV
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