Every boat needs a bilge pump, but a bilge pump does not make any use if you do not have Electronic Bilge Pump Switch installed in your boat. This is uually the case with small and older boats. If you buy a new Electronic Bilge Pump Switch today it will cost you quite a bit compared to how much you will spend to make a Electronic Bilge Pump Switch yourself at home.
A while ago I was contacted by the owner of manialabs.wordpress.com. He published a simple tutorial to make your own Electronic Bilge Pump Switch and asked me to publish it on my blog. I liked the idea, becouse it is a very innovative product and most of DIY enthusiasts will know how to build it. In fact it is very simple so I am sure anyone can build it.
Making a Electronic Bilge Pump Switch
Over the years, I have installed several submerged float switches in the bilge of my boat. They’re supposed to run the bilge pump when the level of water in the bilge exceeds a certain level and then stop the pump after the water level is lower. They usually work well for the first year or two but inevitably fail. Sometimes they fail simply because they’re submerged in water constantly and they had a very small leak. Other times they failed probably because I left them underwater over the winter and they were frozen.
To improve upon this I wanted to switch, pun intended, from a submerged mechanical switch to a solid state, adjustable switch. I wanted to be able to remove as much of the switch from the water, hoping to extend its useful life. Of course there are a few commercial switches available but they’re not always customizable. Also, buying a packaged switch wouldn’t teach me anything about the circuitry required or give me the intimate knowledge on how they work.
Video of the equipment on my 90 gallon SPS tank. could not fit it in on the tank tour video without going over 10 minutes. Please support these videos by visiting: www.limpitsreef.com
Tidepool Tim – aka Tim Sheehan founded and operates a biology specimen supply company in Eastern Maine. He and his wife and children collect and supply over 300 species of blueprintts and animals to colleges, museums, aquariums, and school laboratories under the name of Gulf of Maine Marine Life Supply Company. This video is an introduction to the founding of the company and the area where it operates
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Don’t leave yourself out on a limb. A robber will feel far more confident of boarding a boat that is anchored away from the other boats in the harbor. Anchor within view of the other boats at anchor.
Most robberys occur after dark and therefor a dark boat with no lights on is a much more attractive proposition to a would be thief than the boat that’s well lit up. A few years ago this was heavy on the battery banks but with the availability of LED technology this is no longer a problem. You can make them yourself for just pennys or buy them from the marine stores.
Whilst we are talking about lights, your spotlight or”Q beam” is valuable deterrent. If you see something suspicious in the harbor, light it up. If you are about to be boarded shining a 1,000,000 candle power light in their faces can scare them away and certainly ruin their night vision giving you more time to control the situation.
Dinghy engines are always a target so lift your dinghy at night and lock it with a chain or cable and a padlock to the boat. It is advisable to lock your dinghy to the boat when it is sitting in the water behind the boat and always lock it to the dock when you go ashore. 99% of all dinghys and outboards that are stolen have been left in the water and not locked.
I quickly covered bimini tops in one of my last posts where I was writing about 10 Thing You Should Have On Your Boat. If you have time I suggest you red it and post a feedback if you think I missed something important.
Bimini tops can make a real difference in your boating comfort. They can very well protect you from direct sun and rain. Putting a bimini on your boat means you won’t have to be exposed to the direct sun while you are sailing around. You can build a bimini on your boat if you’re willing to invest in some fabric, aluminum or stainless steel tubing and a few fittings. All the needed materials can be bought online.
How to Select Your Bimini Top
Decide what length you need, 6′ or 8′. Be sure not to order a top that is too long. When you order your top and fix it on your boat I suggest you step away from the boat and check how it looks. If its too big try to change your newly bought bimini top for a new one.
Measure where the top attaches on one side of the boat to the same location on the opposite side of the boat. This measurement is not the same as the beam of the boat or boat width. This is the most important measurement becouse if you do it wrong you won’t be able to change anything later.
The correct height is one that enhances the good looks of the boat and is functional (so you could stand under it if desired).
There are a lot of things that people have on their boats now a days but there are at least 10 Things You Must Have On Your Boat and with you all the time. I will try to name 10 things that you must have on your boat as a standard gear. Let’s say something goes wrong while you are far out at sea. You won’t be able to do anything to help yourself if you dont have the basic tools to service your motor or repair your hull or stuff like that. But every experienced skipper knows that this tools are the basic need on boats and usualy come with the boat from the previous owner.
I will write about 10 Things You Must Have On Your Boat that are needed in order to sail safely and for you and your crew to feel good while you are on your boat at sea.
1. Marine Chart Plotter with GPS
|Back in the old days people were navigating their boats only with the use of navigation charts and navigation tools. Even now it is very important to own these things if you are going out at sea becouse they may still be usefull. But in modern age there are much easier ways to navigate your boat. The best option is to use a marine chart plotter with a vector marine chart installed on it. There are a lot of different manufacturers that sell this devices now a days. You can get them from Garmin, Humminbird, Lorentz, etc. One of the biggest advantages is that you can always know where is your current position just by viewing your map. This device can also connect with boats Auto Pilot system and can be used to navigate your boat automaticly.|
2. Sonder or Fishfinder
|It’s very usefull to have a fishfinder or sonder on your boat. These gadgets have a lot of very usefull fuctions. You can watch the sea floor, check the depth of water, temperature of water. They are very usefull when you are anchoring your boat as you can observe where the sea floor is suitable to anchor your boat and what is your current depth. If you own a fishfinder you can also easily discover fish in the sea and make your boat trip even more fun. There are also versions of GPS plotters which include the sonder in the system so you get two extremly usefull sailing tools for the price of one. These devices are also produced by Garmin, Humminbird, Lorentz, etc.|