Something i've been thinking about is that on my Tri in the center hull
is connected stern to bow meaning that any and all drips of water
(or floods) all flow downwards towards approximately the center of the boat. Which to say the least is very annoying when working anywhere on the engine
. If I happen to spill anything while changing the coolant
, etc it all runs straight down and settles towards the middle of the boat leaving me to pull nearly every bilge
board in the boat, the water
tank and a dozen other pieces to get it out and clean it up.
I've been considering that maybe I should block off this free flow of water just infront of the engine
so that it is all contained in the engine compartment. I can think of three advantages of this: gunk, oil
and grease does not leave the engine compartment AND if there is a leak forward of any type it will not get the opportunity to flood the engine or the batteries leaving me with working bilge pumps and engine, AND finally if the seacock for the engine were to leak, break, etc I believe that since the water would be contained there and with the bouyancy of the rest of the boat that it would only allow the boat and engine compartment to flood up to about the water line which would actually keep the engine mostly dry (submerged to about the oil pan) as well as the batteries etc.
Any negative side? Since there is already a bulkhead there I was simply going to just fill in the small holes that allow water flow through with epoxy