Amarine Bilge Pumps and float switches

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by TracyT, Jun 28, 2016.

  1. TracyT

    TracyT New Member

    44
    Jun 14, 2016
    Middle River Md
    1988 Sea Ray 305
    Twin 5.7L mercruiser inboards
    Purchased the 1100 GPH and 2500 GPH pumps via Amazon along with they'd switches all arrived as promised on Free shipping, worked great and both cost less than a single small unit from my local big box retailer.

    I also figured out to install a pump in bilge for easy install ( for a fat kid) and removal for service from above, let me know if you want to know how!

    TracyT
     
  2. Henry Boyd

    Henry Boyd Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2007
    Newburyport, on the peaceful and serene Merrimack
    02' 280 DA
    496 w BIII
    I'm sorry, but I get concerned when a relatively unknown brand copies not only the dimensions and shape, but color scheme of a well known product ( Amarine 1100 gph pumps look identical to the Rule versions) and offers them at half the price of the known brand.

    If someone wants to buy knock off light fixtures, great - no harm no foul if they don't work as advertised. The same can't be said for safety equipment like a bilge pump. If that does not work, the boat sinks. Clearly that is less of an issue for say a trailer boat that would always have a person nearby while it is in the water. But for boats in wet slips or moorings that are unattended for long periods of time it is worth considering whether the $ 10-$ 20 that was saved on a knock off pump was worth it. For me personally who has had a cooling component failure and was saved by both pumps kicking in and lasting until we could get to a haul out facility, my response is it ain't a savings if the boat sinks.

    Henry
     
  3. TracyT

    TracyT New Member

    44
    Jun 14, 2016
    Middle River Md
    1988 Sea Ray 305
    Twin 5.7L mercruiser inboards
    You have a good point although I was replacing the failed units that were Rule. I just got the boat so, I have no idea if they are new or old or what. Since just buying the boat I needed a cost effective solution to finding two out of three pumps non functional.

    Thanks for the reply.

    TracyT
     
  4. nickdcj7

    nickdcj7 Member

    233
    Jan 5, 2014
    Bass River, NJ
    1986 390 EC
    Twin 454 Mercruisers
    I replaced a bad seaflo float with one of the amarine made ones, so far no isses. I bought one of their 2000 gph pumps also, but I haven't needed to change it out yet. On my boat, i was more concerned with the installation of everything with wirenuts than with the brand of the pumps and floats.
     
  5. nickdcj7

    nickdcj7 Member

    233
    Jan 5, 2014
    Bass River, NJ
    1986 390 EC
    Twin 454 Mercruisers
    The damn thing heard me talking about it. The amarine made float failed, and was staying stuck on this past Saturday. It was installed in April. Not a good run.
     
  6. TracyT

    TracyT New Member

    44
    Jun 14, 2016
    Middle River Md
    1988 Sea Ray 305
    Twin 5.7L mercruiser inboards
    That is a short run for a switch. Let me know if they take care of it under warranty it would be interesting to know if they stand behind their products.

    TracyT
     
  7. wayne0

    wayne0 Active Member

    379
    May 4, 2014
    Newburyport, Ma.
    2000 340 Sundancer
    Twin 7.4 ltr.V-drives
    I just replaced a Rule 1500 with an Amarine. A savings of around $60 over Rule. Still have the Rule float switch. Can't beat the price. We'll see how it lasts.
    Rule is probably made in China too.
     
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2016

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