Keeping That Musky Boat Dry Every new season we drag our boat out of storage and find out that things can go bad by just sitting there over the winter. Whether it is your batteries, your trolling motor or some of the little things, they all amount to a big pain in the butt when you are trying to get back on the water. Among the last thing that gets an opportunity to disappoint you is your bilge pump. You usually find out after the first good rain when you go down to the dock and find your boat looking like the shallow end of a swimming pool. I don’t know why a pump that was perfectly good last season has lapsed into non-activity, but is happens. When it comes to bilge pumps, I subscribe to the philosophy that encourages us to keep it simple. In an effort to follow that philosophy, I chose the ‘Rule Fully Automatic Bilge Pump’ . I have tried to do the bilge pump and separate water level sensor and it usually turns into a wiring ordeal requiring extra wire crimps. The Rule automatic bilge pump has only two wires to worry about. You don’t need to connect to a "power on switch" since power is only applied to the bilge motor when the water level rises high on the pump. Aside from easy hookup, mounting is also very easy. The blue debris cage mounts easily with two or four short wood screws and the pump just snaps on to the mounted cage. Then you need only attach the bilge hose and you are ready for the water. You can get this model of bilge pump from most marine outlets for about $75.00.