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bradenton whaler posted 12-27-2001 11:14 PM ET (US)   Profile for bradenton whaler   Send Email to bradenton whaler  
I have a 1974 17' and want to install a bilge pump. Any suggestions?

I've heard of some people having them installed in the plug compartment.


triblet posted 12-28-2001 12:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Rule 500 gpm automatic smart pump in the plug
compartment. I have a Rule 24S, but I'd do
a 25S-PLT today (wasn't available then).

Plug compartment is the lowest place in the


bradenton whaler posted 12-28-2001 02:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for bradenton whaler  Send Email to bradenton whaler     
thanks. I'll visit the marine store this weekend!
larimore posted 01-06-2002 10:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for larimore  Send Email to larimore     
I bought a computerized Rule... Drained the battery because it cycles every few minutes.
sorcerer posted 01-06-2002 01:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for sorcerer

Might be of interest.

Peter posted 01-06-2002 02:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
Larimore, you must have had a weak battery or never used the boat. I had a Rulamatic running all season, mid May to end of October and it never drained the battery. In the cycling mode, I believe it draws about 0.25 amps-hours/day. You'd have to leave it sitting for quite a long time before it sufficiently drained the battery.
lhg posted 01-06-2002 06:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I have a couple of these small Rule computerized pumps (one 500gph, one 1100gph) installed in my Whalers, and I like them. I believe an overriding on-off switch is MANDATORY with one of these for any number of reasons. This way they can be activated only when necessary. And RE-ACTIVATED when necessary also, by turning the switch off and on again quickly! This is because of their delayed cycle time of 2-3 minutes. Sometimes they will pump the water out and shut down, but water is still coming in quickly. Three minutes can be a long time when you need to get rid of more water. The on-off switch accomplishes this by breaking the delay cycle. Although their cost is high, the ease of installation, and space conservation, makes them attractive. Spend the money for the "Platimium" model.

But you need to know the proper reason for using one of these. They are not suited for all applications. These should not be used for moored boats with long unattended time in the water. The conventional float switch, which does not endlessly re-cycle, is the answer there.

Don't even think about putting one of these in a trailered boat without the on-off switch. 99% of time you will have one of these in your boat, it will be turned off. I only activate mine when I'm taking splash (rarely in an Outrage), taking heavy rain, or using the washdown system for cleaning the "catch" or interior of the boat! It can also be left on when rain is in the forecast while docked/moored.

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