Now, if you are the unfortunate owner of a vessel that is set up this way, I have to tell you that you need to make triple sure that the positioning of the float on your bilge pump is such that the maximum bilge high water mark falls well below all of this gear. That’s the least you can do. Truth be told, fixing this right really will require some significant re-design of the boat’s primary DC electrical system. ABYC is pretty clear in its Standards that cables and gear such as seen here at the very least be located “above the bilge high water mark”. I’m running into this sort of installation more and more it seems as builders struggle to find a home for all this gear. I’m saying this builder really didn’t try hard enough in my view. I remember the answer I got from one builder when I brought this sort of installation to their attention…his response? Our boats don’t leak so it shouldn’t be a problem. Right, and Hippos can fly too.