Every new season we drag our boat out of storage
and find out that things can go bad by just sitting there over
the winter. Whether it is your batteries, your trolling motor or
some of the little things, they all amount to a big pain in the
butt when you are trying to get back on the water.
Among the last thing that gets an opportunity to disappoint
you is your bilge pump. You usually find out after the first
good rain when you go down to the dock and find your boat
looking like the shallow end of a swimming pool. I donít know
why a pump that was perfectly good last season has lapsed into
non-activity, but is happens.
When it comes to bilge pumps, I subscribe to the philosophy
that encourages us to keep it simple. In an effort to follow
that philosophy, I chose the ĎRule Fully Automatic Bilge
Pumpí. I have tried to do the bilge pump and separate water
level sensor and it usually turns into a wiring ordeal requiring
extra wire crimps.
The Rule automatic bilge pump has only two wires to
worry about. You donít need to connect to a "power on switch"
since power is only applied to the bilge motor when the water
level rises high on the pump. Aside from easy hookup, mounting
is also very easy. The blue debris cage mounts easily with two
or four short wood screws and the pump just snaps on to the
mounted cage. Then you need only attach the bilge hose and you
are ready for the water.
You can get this model of bilge pump from most marine outlets
for about $75.00.