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Old 12-02-2016, 09:57   #1
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How cool is your bilge?

There are a number of foodstuffs for which it is generally recommended that they be stored someplace cool and dark, but not in a refrigerator or freezer. For some of these, potatoes for example, you want someplace cool, dark, and dry. For others dry isn't so important.

Now if you're living on a boat in the tropics, the bilge is certainly dark, and it's likely the coolest spot on the boat. But how cool is it, when outside temps are in the 90's?
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Old 12-02-2016, 10:00   #2
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Re: How cool is your bilge?

I would think the bilge would always stay near the water temp
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Re: How cool is your bilge?

It would be pretty much the temperature of the water.
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Re: How cool is your bilge?

It is as cool as the water is (roughly) so in the West Indies expect about 28 to 30 degs centigrade (84F).

Winter in Canary Islands around 60F.

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Re: How cool is your bilge?

So, it sounds like if I want to use my bilge for cold storage, I need to stick to Lakes Superior and Huron ...
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Re: How cool is your bilge?

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So, it sounds like if I want to use my bilge for cold storage, I need to stick to Lakes Superior and Huron ...
...or California and north...usually though this past year.... gotta be up in PNW
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Re: How cool is your bilge?

My bilges are dry and dark, but just like the water around them are about 28C.

But that's a few degrees cooler than the saloon/galley get during the day.

FWIW, potatoes, onions etc still keep pretty well at these termperatures.
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Re: How cool is your bilge?

I'll link to this discussion as:

What do you keep into the bilge?

Potatoes-onions- rice-pasta-whatever is canned maybe? What you use less and is just a spare food...
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Re: How cool is your bilge?

Morro Bay sea temp usually ranges from 54-62. Makes the bilge perfect for my bottled beer. Salud!
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Re: How cool is your bilge?

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I'll link to this discussion as:

What do you keep into the bilge?

Potatoes-onions- rice-pasta-whatever is canned maybe? What you use less and is just a spare food...
I find this interesting. Are there other links on same subject. Not the temp. but on what people keep in their bilge?
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Re: How cool is your bilge?

On the upper Mississippi and it's very cool now, in the summer when water temperatures get into the 80sf not cool.


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Re: How cool is your bilge?

I keep wine into the bilge.

But also heavy stuff like wire, big tools I seldom use, hydraulic connections and rubber pipes..zincs.. each bilge has a destination.

On top of tanks (dry) spaghetti, enough for lll world war...

I don't keeps cans any longer, as they go rust easily
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I keep wine into the bilge.

But also heavy stuff like wire, big tools I seldom use, hydraulic connections and rubber pipes..zincs.. each bilge has a destination.

On top of tanks (dry) spaghetti, enough for lll world war...

I don't keeps cans any longer, as they go rust easily
I think the same as you, heavy stuff for balancing, pasta on the top of water tank interesting....And as much long term foodstuff i can find on sale

How do you manage things like canned tuna, canned beans, sprout, ecc??
Glass container i guess no...
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