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Brad B

Perko switch question

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Brad B

I have the dual batteries with a Perko switch.

I switch it to off when I'm going to be away from the boat for more than a day or 2.

Does the bilge still work when in the off position?

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Jimmy Buffett

nope.

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Brad B

Oops I meant the bilge pump

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Jimmy Buffett

we knew what ya meant.

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gooddog

Brad,

When the Perko switch is in the off position, it cuts the batts loose from everything...

M

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obski

I keep the switch in the 'off' position when I have the boat out of the water, but leave it in the '1' position when it is moored.

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Brad B

When its in the slip its up on a lift but...

if the lift should ever fail...

and the packing leak too much .....

Better start leaving it on 1

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stewart

You should be alright with it in the 1 position. The only thing drawing amperage will be the pump when it cycles and the clock in your radio.

It would take a couple of months for those items to kill the battery.

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Ronnie

Battery Tender

Leave it on while your away.

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Wkerat

There should be a little wire that connects to the main on the switch or directly to the positive terminal on one of the batteries (would have a fuse holder in it), if that is connected the bilge will work. If a switch is properly installed it leaves the auto pump power from one battery so that the boat won't sink.

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stewart

If its properly installed........ :)

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Brad B

Installed a ProMariner ProSport 12.

So now I can leave them on and instead of drain they get charged while it sits on the lift in the slip.

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Wkerat

Very nice Brad, how much did that run?

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