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mfclapp posted 03-21-2007 03:55 PM ET (US)   Profile for mfclapp   Send Email to mfclapp  
1999 20' Outrage. Suddenly noticed my bilge pump would only operate when it was turned on manually from the console switch. The automatic bilge pump switch didn't turn it on at all. So I figured must be the auto switch. Well I took it loose. Low and behold where the connection for the auto switch and the console switch wiring came together back in the bilge when I untapped the wires to get at the connectors they were corroded green. After checking with an ohm meter I found one wire that when probed on both sides of the connector had no continuity so I figure this must be the culprit.

Now for a couple of questions:

1. What type of in line connectors should I use when I replace the connectors (I'm gonna replace them all)?

2. I know the bilge pump runs off of the console switch but is the auto switch supplied with power at all times from a separate run directly to the battery panel?

Thanks, Big Red

jimh posted 03-21-2007 07:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
It is impossible to know precisely how your boat is wired. Once a boat leaves the factory the wiring is often modified by the owner. You can see some examples of typical wiring of the electrical pump in the sump of a Boston Whaler boat at

Cockpit Sump Pump

For advice on SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL questions, please post your question to the SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL discussion.

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