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  1. Thanks again. I am installing a second pump tee"d into the existing bilge hose w/ backflow valves. I picked up a Rule automatic pump locally, but when I opened it up and read the documentation it indicated that it senses water by running a few seconds every ~2.5 minutes and draws ~.2ah/day without actually pumping. I am not sure I want to use that style of pump so I am looking for a float or other sensing design. Probably a conventional Rule automatic or Whale.
  2. Thanks all, debating the second battery project. Not a lot of space to add the second (in front of trim pump?) and a fair amount of addt'l weight at the stern. We are at the place most weekends so the boat isn't unattended for long periods, but the 2nd battery is probably the ideal situation.
  3. Hi All, new owner of a 2003 183SS. Our boat stays in the water at our dock for the season and currently the bilge float switch is wired through the master; no power to the pump or float switch w/ the battery master off. The pump will operate automatically via the float w/ the master on as well as with the helm switch. I want an automatic bilge pump powered at all times. What are the experts' thoughts and experiences on the two options: 1) Add a second automatic pump tee'd into the existing hose w/ backflow valve (w/ appropriate fuse, etc.). Plusses are redundancy, not cutting into the existing harness, etc. Concerns here are the added complexity of the tee and valves as well as mounting the second pump. 2) Wire the existing float switch to the battery (add fuse, etc.). Plusses are no backflow valve, tee, not mounting second pump. Concerns are cutting into the existing harness. I will be using a larger group 27 AGM battery either way. I have a lot of classic auto and airplane experience and understand good wiring practices, etc., but am new to the boat environment. One other question; Can I mount a second pump by carefully drilling and screwing (stainless fastener, proper sealant) the mount to the stringers under the engine? Thanks all, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. w
  4. Hi, She is a 2003 with the 4.3l carb and Alpha 1 Gen 2 drive, standard (non Sport) seating, ~190hrs. Thanks. w
  5. Hi All, new Chaparral owners here from Cape Cod. First boat for me, Wife is from a boating family and we finally found a lake (pond?) house and a very low hour, immaculate 183ss. I plan on doing most of my own maintenance so I expect to be here asking questions and learning. w