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gruvnfunk 04-27-2013 05:15 PM

How to power the auto-bilge while at dock.
 
I have X-Star 2000. I leave it in the water, not on a lift (do not criticize... just sent this poor student money so I can buy a lift) at my friend's dad's house during the summer. I go out once a week usually but I usually do not see the boat in between when I go out. If it rains I have to make a trip over there to run the bilge. I am curious what recommendations you all have for me to power the auto-bilge without draining the battery so that I do not have to make special trips just to run the bilge. The ideas I have come up with that I would either like your advice on how to do it and what hardware I need OR I am also looking for more suggestions:

1. Connect the boat electrical system to the shore. What hardware do I need in order to be able to "plug" my boat into an outlet on the dock. How much (approx) would this cost?

2. Is there any solar alternative to hook into the electrical system that is reliable to keep the batteries charged.... I doubt it would be reliable.

I currently have two batteries a Group 24 & Group 27 on the boat that run through a battery switch (1, 2, ALL, OFF).

j.mccreight@hotmail.com 04-27-2013 05:22 PM

Yes there are solar battery chargers, this is probably your best bet and most economical use a solar charger and leave auto bilge on, http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&key...l_2m0d4h2gf3_b

petermegan 04-27-2013 07:49 PM

I don't see why you couldn't run a step down transformer from your 110
V down to 12V. Get one slightly bigger than bilge pump requires and a regulated one. Should be cheap.

Kweisner 04-27-2013 08:07 PM

How about a regular battery charger/maintainer like the ones ProMainer makes. Sems like a simple solution that has benefit beyond just topping up the batt for bilge pump power.

jakethebt 04-28-2013 09:34 AM

I agree, a solar battery charger and leave the auto pump on.

thatsmrmastercraft 04-28-2013 10:09 AM

I wouldn't think that a bilge pump set on auto would significantly drain your battery in a week. Is your boat covered?

petermegan 04-28-2013 07:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thatsmrmastercraft (Post 929928)
I wouldn't think that a bilge pump set on auto would significantly drain your battery in a week. Is your boat covered?

I would be worried that if a leak did occur (exhaust hose and you are still a goner) that it would flatten the battery and then drown it. From that perspective I can understand the OP and a Solar charger would not keep up unless it was a pretty decent size.
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