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Smaller boats are tight on room and typically utilize submersible pumps like the Rule 2000 ($108, defender.com). They're quiet and relatively inexpensive, but the nasty working environment can shorten their lifespans. In contrast, other pumps (Jabsco Water Puppy, $143, and Jabsco Diaphragm Bilge, $413, defender.com) accept an intake hose that can be routed under an engine or other place where a pump wouldn't fit or be easy to service, while the pump itself is mounted in a dry location that's easy to reach. Impeller pumps should not be run dry. Diaphragm styles are typically larger and more expensive, though they pass solids and debris without jamming nearly as easily as an impeller pump does. A strainer is a good idea regardless of pump type.