The trouble with automatic bilge pumps is that they can hide a slowly building leak. The BilgeWatch 8 takes care of that issue, monitoring one to eight pumps simultaneously, showing you when they come on, recording their history, and delivering alerts and alarms based on your settings. The latter can trigger indicator lights, buzzers, relays, and/or auto dialers. Some modern security and power-management systems include bilge monitoring as sophisticated as this, but if you want a stand-alone system, the $158, 3.2-inch-square, BilgeWatch 8 is thoroughly thought out and easy to install.
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This article originally appeared in the April 2007 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.