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Is there a bilge pump switch that will last more than 1 season???

Old 06-10-2019, 11:35 AM
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Default Is there a bilge pump switch that will last more than 1 season???

Looking for a quality bilge pump switch after having a Rule switch go bad once again. Two switches in Two years is crazy. Thanks
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Old 06-10-2019, 11:41 AM
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Looking for a quality bilge pump switch after having a Rule switch go bad once again. Two switches in Two years is crazy. Thanks
Ulta Safety Systems Switch.
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Old 06-10-2019, 11:47 AM
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Rule switch is not what it used to be, had one for 12 years, then maybe 8 months, this one around 2 years and still working. Chinese roulette.
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Old 06-10-2019, 11:48 AM
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They sell elctronic switches that are reliable as long as you don't let oil build up on them. Water witch is one brand, but there are many.
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Thought it was just me. Previous boat had switches that lasted 10 years, no issues. New boat 3rd switch in 2 years.

I love that some mfg’s haven’t figured out people will pay more for a quality product vs Chinese shyte for a few bucks less. This is especially true when it comes to safety related products.
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Old 06-10-2019, 12:28 PM
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x2 on the Ultra switches. They cost more, but are worth it, especially if your pumps are hard to get to.
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Old 06-10-2019, 12:39 PM
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x3 on ultra switches. have some that are 20 years old on the boat and still are working perfectly..
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Old 06-10-2019, 12:44 PM
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I mean you have to admit this is one of the toughest environments for anything electronic. It's exposed to all the worst you can think of. Salt, oil, fuel, water... I kinda understand why stuff down there fails frequently. That's one reason I'm half ok with using the cheap Seaflo all in one bilge pumps. I go through like one a year. I'm almost considering wiring in a butt connector setup so I can quickly/easily change them. Since they're 20 bucks I could keep one or even two as a spare.
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Old 06-10-2019, 12:45 PM
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My Rule switches have a two-year warranty and they last three years.

Save the receipt and get a warranty replacement if yours only lasts a year.
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The Ultima switches are the way to go. Just put one in last weekend to replace a failed 1 1/2 year old rule. Had a few of them on my old boat and I did have one go bad but not sure how old it was and I owned the boat for 6 years.
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X5 on the Ultra. Now on 3rd or 4th year with mine and still working perfectly.
Have a Rule mounted higher as a backup, but I no longer trust them.
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X4 on the Ultra Safety switches. Anything else is a waste of time.
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Have had same Ultra for 15 yrs
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Old 06-10-2019, 01:28 PM
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These threads come up once a week (Mystery says there are other threads)
The bilge switch (or two) is probably the single most important device on the boat. When the engines quit, I want my bilge switches to work, along with the corresponding pumps.
People are always buying cheaper switches with warranties. two year, whatever. Ultra has a lifetime warranty (whether it's mine, his, the boats or what I am not sure) provided you return the switch with the original butt connectors attached. Personally I have no desire to climb in my bilge every two years to change the switch. I pay the money on whatever boat I own.
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Old 06-10-2019, 02:18 PM
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Sr is wired for high water alarm sold separately.


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Old 06-10-2019, 02:49 PM
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The old blue Sure Bails with the mercury switch; 1st one lasted me 11 years second has been in there since 2013. Got a spare when I heard the simple mercury ones were being discontinued. Simple was good!
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Originally Posted by toristoy View Post
Sr is wired for high water alarm sold separately.

If you're running two Sr. switch's would you use one or two high water alarms?
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My Ultra is 15 years old and still working . All the cheap ones fail . I'm willing to drink Hamms beer for months to save enough money to by an Ultra .
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Originally Posted by john0767 View Post
If you're running two Sr. switch's would you use one or two high water alarms?
not sure, mine is connected to a SR switch in stern bilge, lowest point. I have a JR switch in the center console.
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