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Re: Went to the boat for a sail..and its Flooded!!!
It you like idea of an automatic pump you can add an hour meter to the pump. That way you will know how much it is running.
A cycle counter (clicky-clicky
) is better than an hour meter, IMHO. Little drips are pretty quickly dealt with by even a small bilge pump, so your hour meter may take several cycles to register any significant use. However, if I've been away from the boat for a week and the cycle counter has more than an additional count or two registered (particularly it the weather has been dry) then I know I have a potential problem. I also cycle the pump manually every month or so to make sure everything is working (pumping/counting).
In the case of the boat in this thread, the packing gland has probably been leaking for weeks. With a cycle counter the owner would have noticed the the bilge pump had been activated several times a week (maybe several times a day) and could have addressed the problem before he got his TopSiders wet.
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Last edited by SlowButSteady; 08-27-2012 at 02:21 PM.