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Bosmass posted 05-10-2002 01:25 PM ET (US)   Profile for Bosmass   Send Email to Bosmass  
I'm about to moor my 17 footer in Boston's Charles River for the season and have been advised to connect the bilge pump directly to the battery and leave it on automatic. Now this makes sense to me but I think it will drain the battery. I don't know much about the pump, only that it has two positions, on or off. I can here it kick in and if it detects no water it turns off. How much juice does a bilge pump use in its auto-mode? and should I be concerned?
andygere posted 05-10-2002 01:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
There is a lot of great discussion on this topic in the Forum. Set the "Show topics from" menu to 2 years and you'll learn the pros and cons of several strategies. I leave my Montauk in the water with a cover, and I have a Rule automatic bilge pump that checks for water in the bilge and runs until it doesn't sense it anymore. Drain on the battery is low, and if I get to the boat at least once a month it starts just fine. I do have a dual battery system in my boat.
70_Katama posted 05-10-2002 01:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for 70_Katama  Send Email to 70_Katama     
I ran a auto bilge on my 17 all last srping/summer early fall with no problems. I kept it in the north river (scituate ma) with no problems. I never checked the draw, but it's minimal. Should be fine.

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