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Bilge Pump Float Switch Install

cranker789cranker789 MiamiPosts: 528 Officer
Recently been keeping my boat on the water and rain has been an issue. We had a storm the other night and came back to the boat to find it full of water(1976 13 Boston whaler). When i had the boat on trailer there was no need for an automatic float so i removed the broken one that came with the boat and just replaced it now.

The float switch works but it doesn't turn on when the battery is off. So I either leave the battery on all the time and make sure everything is off except for the float, or wire the float switch directly to the battery with an inline fuse. Which is better to do for a boat on the water all the time?  
Thanks.

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