October 01, 2010
Bilge Pumps- The Good, The Bad & The New
One area that should not be overlooked on any boat is the bilge pump. The two types of bilge pumps most commonly used are those with a float switch and the computerized bilge pump.
Bilge pumps with a float work fairly simple, as the water level rises the pump kicks on. Some pumps have the float switches located inside the pump itself and others require an external float component attached to the pump. A drawback to this style pump is that there is generally a small amount of water left in the bilge below the float.
The computerized bilge pump puts out a signal to sense water in the bilge. The older style pump sends out a signal every 10 minutes and turns on. If no water is sensed the pump will shut back off, however if water is present the pump will run until the bilge is dry. Over time this will drain the battery if the engine isn't run to charge the batteries. Pump manufacturers have come out with a solution to this by designing a pump that sends out a signal but only turns on if it senses water.
As with anything, over time bilge pumps grow weak. If you suspect that your pump is sluggish it may be an opportunity to take advantage of one of these two great new products. The Rule Mate 1100 is a marriage of both computerized and float technologies. So as to not take a constant toll on the battery, it relies on the float technology to engage the pump, while an added computer chip keeps the pump running longer to rid the bilge of additional water below the float. The second new addition to the market is the Whale Low Profile Automated Pump. This computerized pump carries a slim design that allows it to fit low in the bilge and scavenges water that otherwise might remain.
Feel free to contact our service department with any concerns about the performance of your bilge pump or to get more information on replacing your pump with one of the new products.
Posted by ribcraftusa at October 1, 2010 10:22 AMBack To Index