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Randell 'Randy' Kocurek

Quick report:
You're welcome, George. I liked your input alot, especially since I already have small and large electric bilge pumps set up.
Bought a Rule from West Marine. Did not think the alarm volume or light were adequate. Easy return/refund "no hassles policy". $60.
Made a custom rig. Bought a better float switch with housing and 5 yr. warranty (not 2 as before) for $40 from West Marine. Went to Radio Shack and bought a "buzzer" 12v that put out a siren-like sound at 110 decibles. Now, that will do! $15, and a 12v red light (2 for $2.50). Much brighter than the packaged unit I returned.
Now, made a little teak shelf to hug the starboard side of the bilge sump area. Painted it white. Plan to glue it on. The float switch mounts on top of it (two screws). Had to be level.
So, all ready to install. Plan to put the buzzer and light up under the cover of the stbd. side of the companionway hatch where it will be easy to hear/see from the cockpit or inside, and hopefully, other boaters in the vicinity if it should go off dockside.
And, George, I don't know if you would hear that 110 decibles very well in your circumstances. Still, it's something to work with.
I think I'll install the alarm on its own ciruit. If the bilge pump were to fail due to an electrical failure, well, . . . you get the picture.

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