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Check your bilge system (Southern California)

Southern California rain was devastating. Make sure to check up on your boats.
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I'll second that recommendation. When I checked my boat the other day the bilge pump cycle counter had been tripped a half a dozen times, as many or more than any similar time period I've seen (I'm in King Harbor).

- check your boat often
- keep track of how much the automatic bilge pump is working
- keep your batteries charged
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here comes the newbie.....

how do you track 'how often' it comes on?

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...When I checked my boat the other day the bilge pump cycle counter had been tripped a half a dozen times

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Great advice. Hope everybody's boats are OK.

My bilge pump kicked on the other day, for the first time that I know of. Should get a counter. The rains aren't going to quit anytime soon, and I can't quite yet track down the leak.

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That's a nice counter at a great price. Have any mounting suggestions for it? Looks like it might be hard to mount that the way its set up....???
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That's a nice counter at a great price. Have any mounting suggestions for it? Looks like it might be hard to mount that the way its set up....???
I mounted mine by cutting a small hole in the bulkhead between the galley and the engine compartment (where the rest of the electrical switches are mounted), and pushing it through from the engine compartment side; so I screwed the metal plate one the back of the counter to the engine compartment side of the bulkhead. Since it stuck out from the bulkhead by about 3/4" or so, I made a little bevelled trim piece to go around it and screwed that to the galley side of the bulkhead. The trim piece both covers up the less than perfect hole in the bulkhead, and protects the counter from getting hit from the side.
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Southern Cali is getting hit hard. That poor state is already so broke they really could have done without this.

The bilge counter is definitely a must have. I didn't know they existed! The bilge is underneath a double wide bunk on my boat. I was contemplating making a new mattress in order to make it easier for me to check. I think I still will, but this will help me see what is going on when I'm not on the boat.
I'll be installing one. There's a nice hidey hole in the companion way steps I'll probably tuck it in to.

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