Before taking your boat out on the water, it is important to check, check and check again. Some of our earlier blog articles talk about the importance of checking batteries. In addition to that, bilge pumps are undoubtedly one of the most important systems on any vessel and must be checked upon regularly. Many factors play a part on whether your bilge pumps will keep your boat afloat. Here are a few ways to check these and keep the water on the outside:
Testing can be done two ways. The first is by lifting the float switch and listening for the sound of the motor running. The second is more daring and requires that the first few checks be done properly. Put water in your bilge till the float switch is activated and the pump starts running automatically. Be careful while doing this to make sure no items get submerged and end up causing unwanted damage. This second test can only be done when your bilge is clean and clear of all non-friendly chemicals and marine life particles. If the water is pumped overboard freely then you should be good to go.
It is best to be familiar with your system before your leave the dock, so you do not end up with water in your boat when you least expect it. This will cause unnecessary problems that will get in the way of your boating experience. So remember to check your systems often, and stay safe out there!