When we bought our '95 Moody 44 the bilge
looked like the aforementioned bilge
, discolored from rust on the keelboats & nuts. But dry. After we began using the boat (meaning, using the equipment
and actually spending time aboard) the bilge had water
in it. So, first thing was to test the water
: fresh or salt
? It was fresh. That's GOOD! (It's not leaking.)
Found the source to be condensate from the Air Conditioners (2). This is a typical source of water in the 44's bilge (and many other boats, as well). Submersible pumps, of course, never totally eliminate it, so the bolts live in fresh water as long as the AC's are running.
After determining the source and drying the bilge, I followed the advice of others in the Moody Owner's Assoc. who had the same problem: clean the bolts and nuts (a few were pretty well corroded but still had some amount of thread) and remove any loose 5200 caulk which the factory had originally coated them with (to prevent corrosion
- nice try!).
with Rustoleum or Hammerite. I also detailed the rest of the area and painted it all.
The bolts and nuts are solid. That keel
has NEVER leaked so much as a single
drop. Even after some extremely rough conditions and real tests!
I was able to eliminate the condensate from the forward AC but the aft unit still produces water into the bilge. Two years later (and over 8,000 miles, mostly at sea) and living aboard
(meaning, using the AC's) I'm seeing a little rust returning and will clean and paint
As with most of the advice above, I suggest leaving them alone (certainly, clean and paint) but do NOT think of replacing them!
In the '80's a Moody sailboat lost
. Moody studied and re-engineered the cause. As a result, I believe them to be over-engineered and most importantly
- safe. The steel
they use is the best for the job. NEVER replace with SS, as indicated above.
Same old thing: maintenance
, or lack thereof.