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    For those with dual bilge pumps

    I know a few of you guys have dual bilge pumps...

    Did you wire them both up to one switch or two separate switches?

    I'd like to just splice both pumps together at the back of the boat, up the fuse in the switch panel, and be done.


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    u can use one switch to operate both bilge units at the same time BUT what u do is splice them together AFTER u put in an in line fuse in EACH UNITS power source before u join them together at the switch ...........the fuse for each unit goes between the pump and the switch itself ........ then take them both to the same power source then if a fuse blows power to one the other still works just fine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdxrealtor View Post
    I know a few of you guys have dual bilge pumps...

    Did you wire them both up to one switch or two separate switches?

    I'd like to just splice both pumps together at the back of the boat, up the fuse in the switch panel, and be done.
    Matt,

    I just have a single one install in my ski and it works great. It pump 500gl p/h. enough to keep me/ski out of trouble. The only think dif./add was a
    inline fuses box in the positive side of the battery just incase.

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    You have never seen Matt on a ski.. The man needs at LEAST 2 pumps, a hand bailer and float/rescue bags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsolie View Post
    You have never seen Matt on a ski.. The man needs at LEAST 2 pumps, a hand bailer and float/rescue bags.
    Now that's FUNNY............I think he's going to need a BIGGER PUMP.

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    My dual pumps are wired and fused separately... straight to the battery!

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    I have mine wired as you are describing, I have a rule bilge pump switch with the light on it to tell you if they are on mounted in my glove box. I spliced both pumps together in the rear and then ran the wires to the switch. The fuse is integrated into the switch like I think you are describing. Works fine for me, I just keep extra fuses with me all the time and test the pumps everytime before I go out.

    Is it a completely bulletproof and redundant system? No, but I'm comfortable it will keep me out of trouble should trouble arise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ndgtxltd View Post
    I have mine wired as you are describing, I have a rule bilge pump switch with the light on it to tell you if they are on mounted in my glove box. I spliced both pumps together in the rear and then ran the wires to the switch. The fuse is integrated into the switch like I think you are describing. Works fine for me, I just keep extra fuses with me all the time and test the pumps everytime before I go out.

    Is it a completely bulletproof and redundant system? No, but I'm comfortable it will keep me out of trouble should trouble arise.
    He has no inline switch. The bilge pumps are automatic with float switches that have to be activated for 2 seconds before the pumps kick on. I did mine the same as bigdaddy and works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdaddyRXP View Post
    My dual pumps are wired and fused separately... straight to the battery!

    Same here I have the two switches in the glove Box..

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedskixp View Post
    He has no inline switch. The bilge pumps are automatic with float switches that have to be activated for 2 seconds before the pumps kick on. I did mine the same as bigdaddy and works great.
    You should still have an inline switch somewhere in the system, I have automatics with float switches built-in as well, wired to the switch in the glove box that lets me put them on off, automatic, or I can kick them on manually. IMO this is the way to go.

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