bilge

  1. I

    Salt Water in Bilge

    Hey everyone, I recently bought my first boat, a 1980 O'day 28, after a long sailing hiatus. I took it from Anacortes to Blaine, WA to be moored yesterday, and I noticed that while underway, the bilge was filling with water. I checked it at the dock and it was nearly full with saltwater. I've...
  2. O

    Fresh water filling floods bilge?

    Hey, new owner of a 1995 Beneteau Farr 50 here. When filling my four fresh water tanks, the top tray of the water tanks fill with water and, if left overflowing at the hose deck fill, will flood the bilge as well. Has anyone else had this issue? The clamshell tank vents don't ever seem to flow...
  3. Mr Fox

    Peggie Hall recommendation FTW, again...

    Just thought I would share a small victory achieved by following Peggie Hall's advice in her book about bilge cleaning and not relying on a cleaning product to do all the work, that you actually have to get down and dirty and scrub it. I have been plagued by an odor in my '82 Marshall 22 that I...
  4. limbodog

    An introduction and a request for tips/advice/wisdom for an idiot in a 1985 40'

    Hello everyone! "The only true knowledge comes from knowing that you know nothing." - Miss Piggy First, let me introduce myself: I'm a 45 year old guy from Boston who had been kind of daydreaming about being a liveaboard for several years now. I have an uncle who did it on a 23' Sea Sprite...
  5. Plymouth Sailor

    Winterizing

    I'm thinking of pouring automobile anti-freeze in my bilge. Does anyone know if this causes issues with fiberglass?
  6. R

    Pump for washing the deck

    We have found it necessary at times to wash the deck, grill, and other parts of the boat while we are out sailing for a few days. Spilt wine and food, fish drippings, and dirty feet marks. I was thinking of throwing a bilge pump overboard and using the hose. Figure that's better than my...
  7. S

    95 Santana 2023c water tank in the bow??????

    just bought a 95 Santana 2023c and there is a tank /void/???? in the bow of the v berth forward of the bilge area. it is full of water and i don't think it is supposed to be, it is not connected to the water ballast tank and theirs no access in it except for an 1/8" hole right at the foot of the...
  8. gailcook

    H340 manual bilge system

    Pardon my inexperience - my hubby died - so I'm doing this on my own now On my H340, there are 2 manual bilge points - one in the cockpit and one on the Stbd side of the lounge in the salon (documentation does show does not show the manual one in the salon... not helpful). If I test the one in...
  9. SUMB44

    Bilge Pump for O'day 20

    Has anyone installed an electric/automatic bilge pump or sump pump in their O'day 20 or similar? Is the bilge the correct place to expect water accumulation while underway? Are there other problem areas that also need pumps? Like in the transom area or the compartment under the cockpit hatch?
  10. J

    New boat, wet bilge, just want to sail!

    So I just got to Catalina 22. It has a soft wet bilge and I just want to go sailing. I have a place to keep it in the water. My question Is should I address this issue now or this next winter??? I have a barn to store it in this winter and will be able to dry the boat out completely. I just put...
  11. BranThomps

    23.5 Thru-hull fitting sizes/upgrades

    Hi! New owner of a 1993 23.5 and I'm going through the boat to make it ready to launch. I was cleaning the sink and noticed that the drain was starting to crack and was brittle. Upon trying to remove the sink drain, it broke completely and the drain hose put a strain on the outer thru-hull...
  12. S

    Bilge filling with water

    I have a 1987 O'Day 272 that is suddenly collecting water in the bilge. It fills slowly...takes a couple of days to fill the whole bilge. This has not happened in the 5 years that I have owned the boat, As best I can tell, the only thing that drains into the bilge is the cooler, which I have...
  13. C

    How does the Bilge work on a Hunter 20?

    I have been recently gifted a Hunter 20 that has been out of the water for ten years. It's dirty and I'd like to start by pulling everything out of the cabin and doing some clean up. My question (I'm sure the first of many) is how does the bilge drain / get pumped? If I am splashing some...
  14. F

    Water in "Central" Bilge, Beneteau Oceanis 400

    Hi All, It might be a topic that has already been discussed previously but haven't been able to find any information regarding this, any help or ideas would be much appreciated. Since I bought My Benny Oceanis 400 there has always been a bit of water in the "central' bilge. Initially I though...
  15. David Kemp

    Drain holes into keel area -- needed?

    My old Hunter 23 has 6 small holes in the fiberglass under the floorboards of the cabin, and these holes allow water to flow freely between the bilge area above the keel and the cabin. There does not appear to be any other access to this bilge area. The boat is a slip, so it never has a chance...
  16. S

    Hunter 31 Bilge Compartments

    I have a continuous water leak draining into the bilge, but I haven't yet found where it originates. I'm not sure what the fluid is, but it's pink/brown sweet smelling fluid. Not sure if it's salt or freshwater. I recently replaced all my coolant hoses on the engine and I just pulled off the two...
  17. T

    Two guys just quit the cubicle life and bought a 1984 34!

    Hello all you Hunter owners out there. Just wanted to introduce ourselves to the community as I'm quite sure we'll be spending as much time on here as we will working on this vessel. Litte backstory on us... We're two computer engineer buddies from Colorado and moved to NW Florida a little...
  18. P

    Best way to clean out oil extractor after use?

    Hi there! I bought the west marine oil extractor to change the oil on my universal diesel M25: http://www.westmarine.com/buy/west-marine--manual-oil-changer-2-9-quart--11097714 It's an excellent product, no doubt. But I'm wondering what the best way to clean the extractor and it's tubing is...
  19. pmcrosta

    Hunter 40.5 water in bilge - source

    Hello! I am the proud new owner of a 1994 Hunter 40.5. I'll probably have many, many questions as the year progresses. But first, she is on the hard right now and after a good rain storm or two, the bilge begins to fill with water. I am curious if there is some fitting on the deck or hull that...
  20. A

    1970s-1980s Hunter 25 - Bilge Help?!?!

    Just purchased a 1980 Hunter 25; am fixing some odds and ends and gearing up for maiden voyage. I have a question regarding the bilge. It has a small bilge area in the cabin accessed by two wood panels; there is no pump on this boat (and from the old schematics it didnt come with one from the...