Unloved and neglected, the bilge pump sits forgotten until the day it’s called upon to pump water out of the boat. Except that sometimes they don’t work as they’re supposed to. Bilge pumps rely on electricity to work, but the damp confines of the bottom of the boat conspire to corrode cables and pump components, rendering them useless. It pays to check the pump’s operation regularly, but they have a finite life, so if yours is dead, here’s how to change it. Read more.