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The standard power boat's bilge system usually consists of a bilge pump at the lowest point of your boat. This is where water collects, which is often mixed with marine debris and oil/fuel. An additional bilge pump should be installed in this area.

Ensure that your current bilge pump system is properly set-up with the installation of your pump, auto switch, and wiring in good order. 1500 to 2000 gallons per hour primary pump is fine for most midsize powerboats. I like to hook up a "buzz" alarm, (like your low oil pressure alarm) to the bilge pump system. 

Bilge Pump Systems

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So I know how often it closes. You can also place a light on your steering console that illuminates each time the bilge pump turns on. Knowing the bilge pump is going on quite often, let's you know something is not right.

A prop shaft packing may fail, coming loose through the hull hose or hose clamp, allowing water to enter the bilge pump. With the alarm sounding frequently, you are motivated to get into the bilge to find out why before it gets out of hand. I also set-up an additional bilge pump (3000 to 3500 GPH) with a float switch higher up as a back-up into the bilge pump.

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