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    Default I need a new bilge pump; suggestions?

    I have a 16' riveted hull 1987 Hewes Craft Sea Runner with a bad bilge pump.

    I was thinking of putting in an automatic bilge, but the affordable pumps run every few minutes--which would be unnecessary in this size boat, I believe.
    I'm looking for recommendations for an economical automatic bilge that operates with a float--o--just a 'normal' non-automatic bilge that has to be wired and turned on with a switch on the dash.

    Suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Tim

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    I currently have a rule RM500A, which does not turn on every few minutes. I have it wired with a 3 way, fused, rule rocker switch. This allows me to put in in auto mode, which turns on when the float raises, or manual so I can run it when I think I need it. You are only looking at one kind of available pump. Go to one of the boat shops or sporting good stores and you will see a better selection that will fit your needs.

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    Unless I missing something automatic bilge pumps do not use a timer they only run when the water level turns on the pump.

    Just a suggestion with two people it not that hard to drill out the rivets and replace the ones that are leaking.

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    There are mechanical floats,(switch), and induction switches, one that uses the water to connect 2 metal buttons to turn on the pump. I also recommend getting the correct 3 way switch, OFF, Auto, and ON. The wiring is very easy, all the instructions are on the box or in the box manual. On smaller boats I use the type of pump that can be changed out by just twisting the body and using the same base for either pump.

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    There are a lot on Amazon now with prime shipping.
    http://www.amazon.com/Seaflo-Automat...uto+bilge+pump

    750GPM may be a bit much for your boat but there is a lot of options there.

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    My hewescraft sport jet came from the factory with an auto bilge pump wired direct to the battery. It sat for four straight days in Valdez during a very heavy rain and it pumped fine and did not run down the battery.


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