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What are Marine Bilge Pumps?

Updated: Jun 13, 2022

If you own a boat, you know what it's like to deal with water and oil in your bilge.

One of the biggest worries for boat owners is the fear of water filling up in their boat's bilge - sinking soon follows. The last thing you want is to be stuck in your boat on the open water with no way to remove the water that's accumulating into your bilge. Fortunately, there are several marine bilge pumps designed specifically to handle these issues and ensure that you stay afloat when it counts most.


Bilge pumps are marine water pumps found on both large and small ships. They are responsible for removing water accumulating in bilge spaces and discharging it overboard. It's almost impossible to stop water and oil from collecting in your bilge. These liquids usually come from machinery spaces or drainage systems. While on smaller boats, anything from rain to big waves can flood the bilge.


If water gets into your boat's bilge, it can cause serious damage to your vessel. Water and oil can even cause an electrical fire if you don't take care of them quickly. Because of this, bilge pumps are an essential part of every boat or ship's equipment.


The primary function of all boat bilge pumps are the same. However, these come in various sizes, types, and capacities. There are automatic bilge pumps and manual ones—small plastic boat bilge pumps for boats and heavy-duty cast iron ones for ships. Choosing the right one for your boat will depend on several factors.


For instance, automatic marine bilge pumps automatically kick on when they sense water accumulation in your boat's bilge wells. Manual marine bilge pumps need to be manually operated to pump out any water collected there.


The more water there is in a boat's bilge, the more powerful its pump needs to be.


Choosing the right pump for your vessel can be very important.



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