Bilge Auto/Man


(6 customer reviews)

Bilge Auto/Man Illuminated Rocker Switch

ON-OFF-ON switch, 4 terminals

(2) Indicator Lights

Both Red and Blue Lens Available

SKU: II-COMBO-09 Category:

Product Description

Bilge Auto/Man Rocker Switch

Genuine Carling Contura II rocker switch labeled “Bilge Auto/Man”.   This Bilge Auto/Man rocker switch is a Single Pole Double Throw ON-OFF-ON switch.  All of New Wire Marine’s rocker switches are labeled with durable UV stabilized ink and large format text.

This product is the ENTIRE SWITCH combo and includes both the switch body and the labeled cover.  Find the Bilge Auto/Man switch cover sold separately here.  See also our standard ON-OFF bilge switch.

Our Bilge Auto/Man rocker switch has two indicator lights on top and bottom.  It’s meant for a bilge pump that also has the automatic float switch wiring run up to the helm.  Now you don’t have to use this switch just because you have a float switch, but if your boat is already rigged that way, it’s probably the easiest alternative.

This Bilge Auto/Man rocker switch will replace any Carling V-series or Contura style rocker switch.  That includes Contura style switches sold by Carling, Sierra, Blue Sea Systems, Sea-Dog, etc.  It uses an industry-standard 1.45″  x 0.83″ mounting hole.

Rocker Switch Quick Specs:

  • Voltage Rating: 12Vdc
  • Current Rating: 20A
  • Circuit: SPDT
  • Position: ON-OFF-ON
  • Water Protection: IP68 (waterproof to >1m submersion)
  • Terminal Count: 4
  • Terminal Style: 0.250″ Quick Connect (spades)
  • Body P/N: V6D1-D66B
  • Contact Life: 150,000 cycles
  • Lamp Life: 10,000 hours

What does this mean in real life?  This is an exceptionally high-quality rocker switch from the industry-leading manufacturer, Carling Technologies.  This switch will last many years in the harsh marine environment.

Download the full spec sheet here

How Our Switches Are Better:

  1. Genuine Carling switches – We’ll never try and pass off cheap Chinese knock-offs like some of our competitors. You’ve probably seen other sites list a switch as “fits carling”… that’s a red flag.  All our switches and covers are the genuine article.  And like all cheaply made counterfeits, you CAN tell the difference.
  2. Support – We know this product inside and out and are happy to help our customers.  Need help wiring up one of our products, just call: (843) 297-8348
  3. Guarantee – While Carling does not offer a warranty, we’re so confidant in the quality, if your switch breaks or the ink wears off within 2 years, you can return it for a free replacement!
  4. Durable UV stabilized ink – Have trouble with labels wearing off on your switches?  That’s because cheap non-UV stabilized ink was used… you won’t find that here.
  5. Hard cover style – We never use the “soft touch” style that will melt into a sticky mess after a few months in the sun.

Wiring Info & Wiring Diagram

This Bilge Auto/Man rocker switch has 4 terminals on the back:

  1. 12V input – terminal 2
  2. 12V output [switch up] – terminal 3 (to float switch)
  3. 12V output [switch down] – terminal 1 (to pump)
  4. negative source – terminal 7

A hard copy of the wiring diagram will be shipped with this switch.  You can also find it in the product images above, or download a PDF wiring diagram here.


Contura Styles, Lenses and Colors:

This Bilge Auto/Man rocker switch is a Contura II style, as pictured above.  Contura II is the one with the small bumps on it.  We carry printed Contura II’s in red and blue lens options (selection from the menu above).

We also carry this label in Contura V style switch here.  The Contura V style includes a two-lamp switch, which allows a great backlighting effect for night readability.

Typical Use for a Bilge Auto/Man Rocker Switch:

Nearly all boats have a float switch that allows the bilge pump to come on when the water rises to a certain point.  Most of them have the float switch wired directly to the battery, not through the switch panel… in which case, you’d only need an ON-OFF bilge switch like this one.

A lot of boats though have the float switch fed through the switch panel switch… which is why we’ve made this switch. It is labeled correctly for auto or manual mode.  Flip it up, and it’s activated waiting on the float switch to rise. Flip this rocker switch down and it can manually bypass the float switch.  Center position is off… so unlike a directly wired float switch, you can turn the whole system off.

6 reviews for Bilge Auto/Man

  1. Bob Novak (verified owner)

    very clear, nice

  2. Dale J. (verified owner)

    Switches are of good quality, I like the way they are lit. Website was easy to use

  3. Philip Tyson (verified owner)

    Many choices and options. Very economical. Easy to find items, research features.

  4. Russell Lawrence (verified owner)

    Appear to be well built. For a novice better installation/connection directions would be helpful. Still haven’t been able to get them operational. Website was very good.

  5. Dale Patterson (verified owner)

    Prompt service!

  6. Ricky Tapper (verified owner)

    Operating perfectly!

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