Before you sink money into a new boat, make sure your vessel will float as well as your Rheos sunglasses for boating.
Bilge pumps are the often-forgotten but crucial equipment that acts as your last line of defense against sinking. And simply having one installed isn’t always enough. In theory, a bilge pump should be able to protect against modest breaches in the hull without worry. But in practice, most pumps are only designed to remove the occasional rainwater — not manage a leak.
Water can flood a small hole in mere minutes, and because most pumps are designed to work best when hooked up to an on-shore electrical system, it’s imperative you understand how yours properly functions.
Capacity and Voltage
Your pump may be rated for 500gph (gallon-per-hour) or similar, which is the rate at which the pump can push water out. However, there are outside factors which can impact the pump’s performance. Figuring out what your boat bilge is realistically going to pump out means understanding what’s impacting its effectiveness.
There are a few tips we recommend to ensure your bilge pump is safely secured.
Your bilge pump just needs a little love. It works hard to keep you safe, so routinely check your pump for any damage or clogs due to debris. Keep it free of oil and sludge so nothing slows it down. And lastly, always make sure your valves, fuses, hoses and wires are intact and protected from corrosion. With the basics of the bilge in mind, you’re ready to hit the open seas on a boat trip!