Remember that time your boat was in the water, a storm hit, and you barely slept thinking, “Are the bilge pumps working?” Let us tell you how we do it at Murano, and you can do the same on your boat. First of all, do not skimp on this item, especially not on the automatic one. Purchase a reliable brand, which will certainly not be the cheapest; on the contrary, it will probably be the most expensive.

The Secret: Make sure your bilge pumps are connected DIRECTLY TO THE BATTERY and NEVER after the main switch. This way, when you leave the boat, whether you turn off the main switch or not, the operation of your bilge pumps will be guaranteed.

Complete System: The MURANO 50 is equipped with 4 bilge pumps. One amidships and two in the bilge/aft, each with a capacity of 2000 GPH, and another very interesting one called a Dry Bilge Pump, with a capacity of 1100 GPH. This pump has a cylindrical shape and a “V” mouth to pull that stubborn water that stays right in the V of the bilge and only comes out when you open the drain plug, out of the water. Additionally, the boat is equipped with a flood alarm that alerts you to any problems much earlier than you would notice without this equipment.

Monitoring: Include the bilge pump test in your departure checklist. Lift the automatic switch and make sure the pump starts working. When you are in the water and stop somewhere, manually activate the pumps on your panel and see if water comes out of the side. A minimal volume coming out and stopping is normal and even a good sign because it shows they are working. However, if a continuous, strong jet comes out and takes a long time to stop, it is a sign that water may be entering the hull. In this case, return immediately to your marina, keeping all pumps manually activated.

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