Bilge Pump Counter (cheap insurance)

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11 years 1 month ago #73 by Everett Woodworth
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I am in the process of a major refit but if i was asked what the one thing i have done that i would recomend all boat owners do or have it is to install a bilge pump cycle counter. mine is digital and under the campanionway ladder where you can not miss it. if you have a fresh water leak from your pressure system and all o a sudden you have two counts time to investigate. if it has been raining and you get a count time to start a caulkiing project. if while underway you have counts maybe your rudder post or shaft need a tighten... and so forth. if you have been away for a few days nothing more assuring than seeing a 0 count when you come aboard. once in Baja on an older boat the engine was starting to overheat, which in turn created hotter water in the fresh water tank, blew the relief valve and my bilge pump continued to pump one whole precious tank of fresh water overboard. no counter then... i check my counter as faithfully as any engine instrument as it is a tell all and such a usefull tool... i actually have another counter on the back up pump that has a bilge switch mounted higher than the main one. if it ever counts there is a major problem... or number one pump is down and needs repair... even if you do not live aboard again how do you know your pump has not been pumping for days on end as if it is doing its job the bilge will be empty... this could save your boat in the event you lose shore power and the batteries have been fighting a losing battle to keep up to the pump. even a friend popping in to check things for you can rest assured with a 0 count... i call it cheap insurance... as it is...

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11 years 1 month ago #74 by Larry Donaldson
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The counter sounds like a great monitor to have on board. Do you have a part number and specific supplier for the digital unit.

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Larry Donaldson

S/V Star Shadow
Whitby 42, #333

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11 years 1 month ago #75 by Everett Woodworth
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the counter is an Aquaalarm product AQL20045 the West Marine Model number for the same part is 2623791 also aqualarm.net will take you to their online store Ev s/v Morning Star Whitby 42 hull 107

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11 years 1 month ago #76 by Everett Woodworth
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wiring a counter... if you are like me and have your bilge pump(s) ahead of any battery shut offs then to make the counter effective be sure to use the same power (fused) as you use for the bilge pumps... the counter requires DC+ for its read out, a ground, and of course you hook the counter input to the switching side (pump input) of your bilge pump switch... the power consumption of the counter is not worth noting as it is so low... operation is just a simple zeroing button one other trick on the Whitby is when filling the lower water tanks with the plastic plug out when the counter registers you have a full tank

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