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Message 5 of 5
Posted by member Richard on Saturday 6 October 2018

I am thinking of one of them aircraft style switches with the red cover so you have to purposely lift the cover to operate the switch

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Message 4 of 5
Posted by member Michael Williams on Friday 5 October 2018

Our Hardy 25 had a bilge pump fitted retrospectively. We deliberately positioned the switch away from all the other switches for this very reason. One has to deliberately reach for the switch and one could not inadvertently switch it off when closing other systems down. I suspect Richard is correct in worrying what position his insurance company would take had the vessel flooded while the bilge pump was switched off.

Worth repositioning the switch ?

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Message 3 of 5
Posted by member Richard on Monday 1 October 2018

I suppose if you have oil in the bilge then maybe its a bad idea for it to be on auto, but to me preventing the boat sinking is right at the top of my list.
I was miffed when I went down the boat and noticed I had switched the bilge pump off by mistake, so in the two weeks I hadnt been on board the boat was at risk , say it sank and the insurance comapny found out the pump was in the off position, that could be entertaining!

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Message 2 of 5
Posted by member keith Lathwell on Monday 1 October 2018

Richard,
I would suggest that perhaps the switch functions are:
1) off
2) auto
3) on
There are plenty of situations where you wouldn't require the bilge pump starting on auto.
Rgds Keith Lathwell

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Message 1 of 5
Posted by member Richard on Monday 1 October 2018

* On our Hardy 27 there is a dash switch for the bilge pump, nothing unusual in that I hear you say, but it has three positions
1, off
2, auto
3, manual
Now my question is, what is the point of posiiton 1, ie off? as surely you want it on auto all the time and manual to test it every now and then.

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