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Old 08-15-2016, 04:42 PM   #1
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High Water Alarms

What say you?

I have one.

I don't have one.

I'm getting one.

I don't see the need for one.
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Old 08-15-2016, 04:48 PM   #2
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Don't have one.
I should have one.
Some day I will get one.
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Old 08-15-2016, 04:49 PM   #3
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Old 08-15-2016, 04:55 PM   #4
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Have one and it will also run the bilge pump if the normal switch fails
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Old 08-15-2016, 04:57 PM   #5
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I have one wired to the lower console and since I spend so much time on the flybridge I want to wire it to the upper station as well.

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Old 08-15-2016, 05:00 PM   #6
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Got one, visual and audible
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Old 08-15-2016, 05:09 PM   #7
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Two compartments with two pumps each
The second pump 4" higher is the high volume pump with alarm
All pumps have cycle counters
Pumps are in the hollow keel
Compartments join above 18" still in the keel
so, 4 pumps and 2 alarms

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Old 08-15-2016, 05:46 PM   #8
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I have one. Came with the boat. It has no outside alarm bell however.

If I was underway or at anchor, wouldn't I hear the bilge pump running constantly before it hit the high water alarm?
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Old 08-15-2016, 05:47 PM   #9
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Two compartments with two pumps each

The second pump 4" higher is the high volume pump with alarm

All pumps have cycle counters

Pumps are in the hollow keel

Compartments join above 18" still in the keel

so, 4 pumps and 2 alarms



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Old 08-15-2016, 05:58 PM   #10
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Have one and horn is on fly bridge. Glad that we have it.

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Old 08-15-2016, 06:13 PM   #11
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Came with the boat - commercial survey requirement. Very loud horn in the pilothouse.
I wouldn't hear the bilge pumps running when underway - probably should have big red light connected to the pumps.
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Old 08-15-2016, 06:16 PM   #12
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I have two separate systems.

One high water alarm is based on float switches both forward and aft.

This one rings a buzzer and notifies me via email and text.

The other system utilizes electronic water detectors both forward and aft. This one sounds a siren in the boat, a siren outside the boat, sends me a email, sends a text message, sends a push notification to the app my cell phone and ipad, and actually calls my cell phone vith a voice notification.
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Old 08-15-2016, 06:18 PM   #13
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Yes to one high water alarm with light.

Yes to a light on the secondary big pump.

Before my winter trip, will add a second alarm to the aft pump that rarely sees water.

Adding alarms is easy and inexpensive.
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Old 08-15-2016, 06:23 PM   #14
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I really like the idea of a counter. On our trip I met another NP 43 owner who installed alarms and counters on all 4 pumps. He also tied those into his security system so he can get a text message any time his pump activates as well as view his security cameras remotely. Reminded me of what BandB described a while back actually. Very nice.

Met him in Ganges actually, and while we were there another boat had an alarm sound. This same guy called the phone number on the plaque on the side of the boat. There was a leak and the bilge pump was running. If the pump had failed or had not been able to keep up with the leak, it could have been bad. An alarm is good, an alarm with a phone number on the boat is better.
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Have one and horn is on fly bridge. Glad that we have it.

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Old 08-15-2016, 07:13 PM   #16
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Got one told of a float switch that failed and ac drain that filled the bilge
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Old 08-15-2016, 07:37 PM   #17
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Just built an audible alarm using Water Witch components. It's in prototype right now, but will provide some piece of mind on an upcoming trip. Need to get it tied into the ship's power system, it is standalone on disposable batteries at the moment.

Also have visual indications at both helm stations for each bilge pump.
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Old 08-15-2016, 08:08 PM   #18
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I tried using a Johnson Ultima electronic bilge switch for a high water alarm.

It didnt like the combination of an arming switch and status light, plus the audible slarm.

Not sure why, but an old dumb rule flipper switch worked fine...so it stayed that way.

Someday will have to look into the schematics of the ultima switch....good luck with the Water Witch electronic switch.
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Old 08-15-2016, 10:33 PM   #19
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We have 2 Aqua Alarm high water sensors, forward and aft bilge, tied to their big red bell. The bell sounds like the old fire alarm bell. Other than testing via high water, it's never gone off.
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Old 08-15-2016, 10:57 PM   #20
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I have a backup bilge pump & switch 12" above the main bilge pump and tied to an alarm. It sounds an audible alarm plus visual when it runs.
The pump stays high and dry (and clean) in normal situations, so the float switch should last longer the micro-life they often have at the bottom of a dirty bilge.

If I have a high water level, I wanted more than just an alarm. I wanted another pump to fire up hopefully manage the rising water level.




I added this after a failed float switch cost me a starter motor. I was lucky it didn't cost me a boat.
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