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Treypescatorie posted 06-29-2011 05:37 PM ET (US)   Profile for Treypescatorie   Send Email to Treypescatorie  
Anyone have a problem with there's. I was wondering about the wiring. Does it go back to the switch panel or do they tap in near the pump. It seams like it should be in parallel with the manual switch.
Mambo Minnow posted 06-30-2011 09:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow  Send Email to Mambo Minnow     
My Rule Bilge pump wiring got verdigris and I had to reconnect wiring in the sump with butt connectors. The separate float switch has been problem free to date.

If you replace, there are newer bilge pumps with an electronic float switch that eliminates the separate "flapper" you might want to consider.

HawaiianWhaler posted 07-01-2011 09:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for HawaiianWhaler  Send Email to HawaiianWhaler     
I have not had any problem with my bilge pump float switch. It is a "Rule-A-Matic Plus", a rectangular white box with no externally visible 'flapper' or float.

I have once had the circuit breaker which supplies power for automatic operation, through the float switch, trip for an unknown reason. That single occurence of breaker tripping caused loss of automatic bilge pump function until I diagnosed it and reset the breaker. This was several years ago and the breaker had not tripped before nor has it since.

The float switch/breaker circuit seems to be in parallel with the manual bilge pump switch circuit. For the duration of the trip during which we noticed the automatic function was inoperable (before we later diagnosed the tripped breaker) I simply operated the bilge pump periodically using the manual switch.

My float switch, and bilge pump, are spliced into the wiring harness in the bilge adjacent to and slightly below the stbd battery. The splices are made with adhesive-lined shrink butt connectors and have been durable, reliable, and trouble-free so far over the 12 year life of the boat.

Hope this addresses your questions.

Treypescatorie posted 07-01-2011 04:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Treypescatorie  Send Email to Treypescatorie     
Where is the float switch circuit breaker?
HawaiianWhaler posted 07-02-2011 06:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for HawaiianWhaler  Send Email to HawaiianWhaler     
That circuit breaker is mounted in the same black plastic box as the main 50 amp circuit breaker, located next to the battery selector switch, mounted on side of the stbd inner hull, under the stbd stern quarter seat.

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