Bilge diaper - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 1 Old 04-20-2004 Thread Starter
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2000
Posts: 103
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 18
Bilge diaper

The bilge in my full-keeled Stone Horse is narrow and deep, only about 4 inches wide most of its length, but opening out--naturally--beneath the engine.

I don''t want to think about how many hours I spent fishing for stuff in the bilge after I pulled the prop shaft to replace the stuffing box hose and check the Cutless bearing. Aside from a crescent wrench, stuffing box tool, screwdriver, bolt and other things, the shaft coupling came off so suddenly I couldn''t stop it from going kerplunk.

A huge, bulky $25 magnet at West Marine got me nowhere. Dangled and dragged it for hours and only got an ordinary staple.

Went to Home Depot and got a $5 magnet, not much bigger than what you''d use to hold the shopping list on the fridge door, that pulls 20 pounds. It fished everything out, including the heavy shaft coupling, in just minutes.

Now that I''d recovered my tools and the shaft coupling, I remembered that it would be smart to lay something under it all to catch stuff when it dropped. Stuffed an old vinyl table cloth in there and of course didn''t drop anything.

But now I decided to make a bilge diaper. Got some canvas from a paint shop and plan to cut it and fasten it with snaps to the quarter berths so it can be quickly laid across the bilge whenever I have to work back there. Should be enough canvas left to make sides for the quarter berths so things don''t fall into the bilge when heeling over.

Simple remedies that can save hours and hours of bilge-fishing.
bmcald is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

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:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


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
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Santana bilge stress cracks larlei Gear & Maintenance 1 09-07-2009 11:49 AM
Bilge Mildew DFA Gear & Maintenance 0 11-08-2004 06:25 AM
Bilge JimMuro Provisioning 1 05-20-2004 04:56 PM
BILGE PUMPS drynoc Gear & Maintenance 7 02-17-2004 02:25 PM
Bilge Question r3333 Gear & Maintenance 0 11-08-2001 08:11 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome