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Screwing in the Bilge
Okay, now that I've got your attention, here is actually a serious question.
I just installed a new manual bilge pump in my new-to-me boat. The hose terminates in the bilge in a strum box (who comes up with these names?) that has the ability to be screwed down so it is held in place in the proper position. Do I need to worry about bedding the strum box before screwing it into the bilge? (I'm trying to keep this serious here, but maybe this needs to be transferred to the old thread about suggestive language in sailing situations . . .)
What started me thinking about this was a passage in the new edition of This Old Boat in which Don Casey suggests putting barrier coat down in the bilge instead of paint. If I screw into the bottom of the bilge, am I just providing easy access into the fiberglass for standing water in the bilge? Or am I worried about nothing?