aft bilge access...? - 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 > Boat Builders Row > Islander
 Not a Member? 


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 11-16-2010
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 13
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
GulfCoastPirate is on a distinguished road
aft bilge access...?

Ok, I've got a newbie question. This is my first sailboat so there probably will be a few stupid questions from this end. Thanks in advance for yalls patience. (I do use the search function a lot)

A bit of background... I bought a 77 islander 28 and I need to replace the two transom thru-hull fittings (ventalation and exhaust), as well as the impeller on the water pump. the only entry path I can see is the port cockpit locker. Is that correct? Is there another way into the aft bilge? I'm a pretty big guy (6'0-250) and its a helluva tight squeeze.

Also, any recomendations/sources on an upgraded fitting to replace the (non) existing ones?

Thanks,
Kenny
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 11-16-2010
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 19
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
28islander is on a distinguished road
Yep, the port locker is it. If you mean the fittings on the upper end for the blower, try the Vetus catalog. In the ventilation section. Page 132 I think.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 11-16-2010
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 13
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
GulfCoastPirate is on a distinguished road
Thanks, 28islander. I'll check Vetus out.

Yeah, I need to replace the blower fitting, but the exhaust fitting is the immediate threat. I was looking at it last weekend when I started the A4 for the first time. I noticed exhaust leaking form the fitting inside. I wiggled it and it turned completely loose.

-Kenny
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 04-07-2011
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 270
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 5
SpcAlan1 is on a distinguished road
No clue here - I have a 30ft Islander.
If I ever have to work on stuff under there ( engine, thru hulls, gas tank )... no clue how I would get down in there.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 04-10-2011
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 23
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
joelozzy is on a distinguished road
GulfCoastPirate,

I've got a '76 Islander 28, I'm 6'4", 240 and have figured out a way to contort myself to fit down in the port cockpit locker. By now (thread started 6 months ago) you've probably figured it out too. Having replaced the cockpit drain hoses, backstay chainplates, ignition wiring for control panel, etc...I know it's tight down there for us big guys. For the record, this is how I get aft bilge access:

1) start by taking batteries & any other stowage out of the cockpit locker.

2) place an old sleeping bag/blanket down in the bottom for some cushioning & to keep from getting wedged in the angular pit formed between the bottom of the vertical plywood engine compartment panel and the hull.

3) step in to the cockpit locker, then transition to down on your knees (facing towards the bow)

4) now is the contortionist move - getting under the fuel fill hose. Fortunately mine is JUST long enough to stretch a bit above my head as I unfold backwards. You're just going to have to feel around best here as you can, but it's doable. Pushing your feet out and transitioning to your butt is all in this move. Just watch that you don't push on the wiring panel.

5) once you get this move done, it's just a matter of pulling/pushing to get access to things in the aft bilge.

Getting out is actually easier, in my opinion. Of course, that depends on how much time you spend down there. Good luck. ~Joel
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 05-10-2011
downeast450's Avatar
Tundra Down
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Seal Harbor, Maine
Posts: 1,214
Thanks: 25
Thanked 14 Times in 14 Posts
Rep Power: 7
downeast450 is on a distinguished road
Pirate,

That is the maneuver I use, too. I am only 5'9", 180 and I struggle to get back in there. Do you tell someone where you are going as sort of a "float plan" so they know where to look if you don't show up for a day or two? I had a hamstring cramp while in there once! Yikes!

Down
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


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
E37 Bilge access forward of mast magicmoments Endeavour 0 02-28-2010 04:20 PM
Installing automatic bilge pump in series with diaphram bilge pump... sweetdreamyamaha Gear & Maintenance 6 11-07-2009 11:36 AM
Shallow Bilge, Bilge Pump Switch labestia Gear & Maintenance 1 07-10-2009 02:40 PM
Internet Access mtschindler Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 15 07-20-2008 11:21 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:30 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