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NAUTIC-ON Helps You Effectively Maintain Your Bilge Pumps

Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Bilge pumps are an essential line of defense for keeping your boat afloat. The majority of sinkings occur at the dock or mooring, and, in the worst cases, without your knowledge. With the NAUTIC-ON Smart Boating System, you can remotely monitor your boat’s key systems, including bilge pump activity as well as engine status, battery life, and more, giving you peace of mind.

Designed to work on any boat, NAUTIC-ON allows you to take care of issues before they become big problems. Regular bilge pump maintenance is necessary, and starts with the four C’s:

Check Your Pumps: Test your bilge pumps to ensure they are working properly. The NAUTIC-ON app gives you real-time data so you can check your automatic bilge pump activity via the installed bilge pump sensors. It’s important to also manually test the bilge pumps when you are once again on the boat.

Clear the Bilge: One of the keys to making sure your pump runs optimally is to keep the bilge (and pump) free of debris. If the bilge pump gets clogged, it could either constantly run, causing it to eventually burn out, or never run, causing the bilge to fill with water. The NAUTIC-ON Smart Boating System will notify you of overactive bilge pumps immediately.

Count the Cycles: Get smart and keep track of the typical run time for your bilge pumps. Cycle frequency and duration are different for every vessel, so it is important to establish a threshold for your boat. NAUTIC-ON provides bilge pump activity 24/7, so you know if it’s running more than usual.

Contact Your Service Provider: If you are having further issues with your bilge pump, you should get it looked at right away by a technician so they can diagnose the problem and get you back on the water. Via the NAUTIC-ON app, send detailed information to your service provider, including a historical log of your vessel’s bilge pump activity to give them a head start on maintenance and repairs.

The NAUTIC-ON Smart Boating System provides remote access to your boat’s key systems, including bilge pumps, batteries, and engine — keeping you on the water, instead of underwater.

To learn more about NAUTIC-ON, visit

This article first appeared in the Summer Issue (Jul/Aug) 2018 of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.


tags: Electronics, Software & Apps

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