Well if it's not one thing it's another! First sorry about the long post.
Heres a little background for you. We bought 33' center cockpit
, that has a brand new engine
, yeah! But the previous owner tied the isolated engine bilge
to the salon bilge
, boo! I now know the previous engine must have puked oil
out along with a pound of sludge and shavings I found under the engine bilge liner (which the PO drilled through to tie in the bilges,grrrrrrrrr)
Okay so now there's oil
sludge from one end of the boat to the other in behind and underneath the sole behind the lining etc. the boat clearly had its bilges overflowing and sloshed the oily mix around.
Okay so after endless attempts at cleaning
the mess (which is not seen but just reach in the bilge and wipe it off the bottom of the sole and anywhere I can gain access) I've resorted to pulling up the sole so I can get better access to cleaning
Now when I put in a new sole I've been thinking of the best aproach for future bilge access.
Should I make it so the whole sole can come up in sections if needed with a few primary inspection panels
? Or just make several strategic panels
. Definetly the panels would be secured down. I am considering making the panels water
tight re isolating the bilge ( the bilge is a whole other story ) and implementing some of my liner and bilge areas as crash Bulkheads that can be sealed off in an emergancy.
Any thoughts or suggestions appreciated.
I bet you thought I would never shut up sheesh!