Jabsco offer three types of electric bilge pumping solutions:
Submersible pumps in the lowest part of the bilge
By far the most popular type of electric Bilge Pumps, submersibles give very high outputs, are cost effective, have low amp draw and are easy to install. They are designed to fit in the lowest part of the bilge and only require discharge pipe work and electricity supply. However, flow rates decrease as the discharge head increases, so check our recommended maximum discharge heads and if in doubt, always increase the size of the pump.
Although our submersibles can be run dry for up to 2 hours, pump life can be extended by avoiding dry running whenever possible. All submersibles can be operated using a float or hydro-air switch, and remotely controlled outside the bilge compartment by using a Rule switch panel.
Flexible impeller pumps for debris handling capabilities
Flexible impeller pumps make excellent bilge pumps, principally because of their ability to handle bilge debris without damage. Because of the robust design, many owners still use our 12 volt DC or 24 volt DC flexible impeller motor pump units that are up to 25 years old! Flexible impeller pumps also give the benefits of good flow, low cost, low size and weight, and are easily serviced and maintained. Most flexible impeller pumps must not be run dry, as this will damage the impeller and require replacing. However, the Utility Puppy 2000 and 3000 both allow a maximum of 10 minutes dry running after initial prime. Flexible impeller pumps can be operated using a float or Hydro Air switch, and remotely controlled from outside the bilge compartment. There is a wide range of flexible impeller pumps to choose from, giving a range of flows, discharge heads and self-priming options for applications such as ballast transfer, bait tank circulation and deck wash duties.
Diaphragm pumps for shallow bilge boats
These pumps are excellent for shallow bilge boats, where the water left behind by other types of pumps will slop from side to side. With the small size of inlet plumbing, they are very effective as bilge pumps, removing all but the last drops of water. Diaphragm pumps can be run dry, which removes the need to watch overboard outlets while the pump is running. The ability to self-prime means they can be mounted in an easily accessible, high and dry location to simplify installation and improve serviceability. Most models in the line are supplied complete with a Pumpgard™ strainer to protect the pumps from bilge debris.