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Ed Stone posted 06-29-2004 08:59 PM ET (US)   Profile for Ed Stone   Send Email to Ed Stone  
In the past year I started pulling the bilge cover
at the end of washing the boat and pouring the
remaining soapy water bucket into the bilge area.
After the bilge pump does its job of pumping out
the soapy water I somtimes pull the plug and clean
out any debri that could foul the pump or float switch.
Its amazing the clutter that shows up down there.
In my 23 I have three separate pumps,two batteries,
battery charger,trim tab resevoir,fresh water tank,
two oil tanks,and loads of wire in the bilge area.
It seems to me there are alot of potential problems
that can be prevented with keeping a eye on the bilge.
Ed Stone
InHerNet posted 06-30-2004 09:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for InHerNet  Send Email to InHerNet     
Everytime I clean the boat, and once on my pre-launch inspection. I check to see if the pump is working.
bsmotril posted 07-06-2004 01:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
Your routine is the same as mine. After every trip, the boat gets cleaned. And after every cleaning, the soapy water goes into the bilge to clean and flush the bilge pump. Bills
Chuck Tribolet posted 07-06-2004 03:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Once a year, when I do the serious boat cleaning before the
Rendezvous. Other than that, I just turn on the pump while
doing the fresh water rinse.


home Aside posted 07-14-2004 10:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
In law enforcement when you stop a car and find remnants of "Chore Boys" (for those who don't know it's the copper scouring pad for cleaning pots and pans) you automatically think the crack pipe isn't far away (they're also used as filters in Crack pipes...).
I have found another legitimate Whaler use for Chore Boys...(other than cleaning pots)....I always put a few of them loosely into the tunnel openings and at the stern/sump area where my Bilge pump is in my Montauk, They work great as filters to keep the sticks, leaves, pine needles, sea weed, crackers,chips, and anything else that might get washed into the bilge area... the only thing I have to wash out of my bilge once in a while is sand....I periodically pull out the chore boys and rinse them with a hose and put them back in.....they've worked great for me and I've never had a bilge pump problem...


GeneNJ posted 07-17-2004 09:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for GeneNJ  Send Email to GeneNJ     
Regarding the use of soap to flush bilge: Have any of you had to replace the pump? I also followed this same procedure and had problems with water getting past the shaft seal and killing the motor. Have not had any more pump failures since I dicontinued the soap flushing, now flush with soap only when it can drain (plug is out).

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