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Old 03-04-2019, 12:47 PM   #11
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City: Signal Mtn., TN
Country: US
Vessel Name: Stella Maris
Vessel Model: Defever 44
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Originally Posted by AusCan View Post
I like the bilge switch panel. Besides being able to shut off the pump in case of a fuel leak, it allows me to turn on the pump manually. This may be needed in case of a bilge pump switch failure (an all too common problem). It also allows running the bilge pump manually until it runs dry, to minimise the amount of water in the bilge sump.

Angus- It regard to stopping the drip on your packing gland; you may need to just change the length of your stern tube hose by a couple inches. This will move your packing seat to an unworn section of your shaft and give you a water tight seal once again.
Good thought, AusCan, but the stern tube isn’t repositionable on this boat—absent a lot of glass work. .

I should have mentioned that all four of the “real” bilge pumps on board are switched at the main panel. I’m only asking about the new pumps I’m installing in the small roller trays that will fit below the stuffing boxes.
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