How to Fill Hole in Bilge - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 
  #1  
Old 09-24-2010
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: NYC
Posts: 49
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
brob76 is on a distinguished road
How to Fill Hole in Bilge

In a fit of desperation, I drilled a ~3/4" drain hole near the bottom of my bilge over the winter. The boat is an Alberg 35' so the hull is quite thick in this area (>1"). I'm wondering if I can just fill the hole with thickened epoxy (West thickened with Colloidal Silica and chopped glass fibers) or if I need to grind it out and lay some glass.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 09-25-2010
SlowButSteady's Avatar
Senior Slacker
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: SoCal
Posts: 4,223
Thanks: 0
Thanked 17 Times in 15 Posts
Rep Power: 5
SlowButSteady is on a distinguished road
Why not fit a garboard drain? That way you can drain it in the future whenever you lay it up.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 09-25-2010
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: NYC
Posts: 49
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
brob76 is on a distinguished road
I considered doing that but there's no real way to get down into that part of the bilge from the cabin to do the install.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 09-25-2010
CalebD's Avatar
Tartan 27' owner
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: NYC
Posts: 4,617
Thanks: 4
Thanked 93 Times in 85 Posts
Rep Power: 7
CalebD will become famous soon enough
Make sure the hole is dry. Run some acetone through it to remove grease and grim. Add a light sanding to the hole and clean again.
Grind the outer edge of the hole so it is tapered a bit so the plug will not easily end up inside the bilge.
Clean inside the bilge where the hole is and prepare to close it with duct tape.
Prepare your epoxy, cloth and filler slurry and pump it in there and make sure it fills the hole all the way to the bilge - hint - an air hole in the duct tape will allow you to push your slurry in till it starts dribbling out at the top of the hole. Tape off the hole in increments as your slurry fills in the space and let cure.
Test for air leaks and try again with more epoxy.
I like the garboard plug idea too but am not keen on implementing it on my own boat either.
__________________
"The cure for anything is salt water~ sweat, tears, or the sea." ~Isak Denesen

Everybody has one:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 09-26-2010
mikehoyt's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Posts: 684
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 15
mikehoyt is on a distinguished road
You can install a garbord drain from outside. This link is a flush mount version

Perko Garboard Drain Plug Flush Binnacle.com
__________________
Mike

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 09-26-2010
mgmhead's Avatar
Somewhat Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 618
Thanks: 2
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 8
mgmhead is on a distinguished road
I have such a plug in the keel of Rhythm and must say that I love it when laying up for the winter. Simply remove the plug and no worry about the bilge staying dry.
__________________
s/v Rhythm
Catalina 387 #29
Rock Hall, MD
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to make a 1/2 through hole a 1 1/2 through hole? SanDiegoChip Gear & Maintenance 44 04-26-2010 08:09 PM
water fill bar1 Islander 1 02-25-2010 05:35 PM
Shallow Bilge, Bilge Pump Switch labestia Gear & Maintenance 1 07-10-2009 03:40 PM
When to fill a CNG tank anemoneii Gear & Maintenance 4 07-04-2009 05:47 PM
Fill that hole GoodOldBoat Good Old Boat 0 07-23-2007 10:54 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:24 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.