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George and Rayna Shaunfield

Don,
Thank you for the good desription of your approach to the potential problem. You obviously have given it a lot of thought. Draining the batteries with the pumps running would be a problem for many. However, your extensive solar panels could probably keep both pumps running during daylight hours. Then the batteries would last part of the night. Surely someone would respond well before that time even if you were away from the boat. Good idea mounting the alarm in the cockpit, too.

I decided to adopt the approach recommended by Don Casey - install a small pump with 1/2" hose lowest in the bilge controlled by a float switch. It works the most, but is inexpensive to replace when it fails, as they all do eventually. Then install a really large capacity pump a few inches higher with large hose. His reasoning is most water in the bilge is relatively small amounts (shaft packing drips, etc). The small hose holds very little water to drain back into the bilge when it cycles off. (A large diameter hose lets a lot more water drain back in.) Hmm, an alarm might be a good thing for me even though my boat is in the slip here at my house (far from a marina with other folks around). I think an alarm tied into the high capacity pump might be the appropriate combination for me.

Thanks for your contribution. Randy, thanks for bringing this subject up.

George

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