Category «Bilge»

Subfloor Lighting / Steering Gear Tweaks

Yes, we are still here. Some various life events have slowed work on the Westsail. We still have barn rennovations and yard fence repair/replacment going on. But the good news is the new shop is to the point where we can start building stuff. Small boat projects are still happening… Some tweaks and adjustments to …

Forward Bilge Pumps Final Testing

Got the forward bilge pumps installed and working reasonable well (I think). Based on comments from the previous test I went with an additional 500GPH pump alongside the 3700GPH pump. The big one is the “crash” pump in case of the real emergency. The small pump is to keep the bilge as dry as possible. …

Forward Bilge Pump Testing

The most common defense against a sinking boat is a bilge pump. Should you get a hole in your boat, or experience a failed underwater thru-hull, the first thing to do is pump out more water than that which is leaking in. Bilge pumps come in all sorts of different sizes rated by pumping capacity …

Towards a More Healthier Color

Spent the weekend finishing up the sub-floor in the forward salon. Got the pads that will support the floorboards all level and flush. Also took to the bilge with some paint. Including the forward tank compartments. Took final tank measurements and I may start getting estimates on tank fabrication this week. I must enjoy the …

Bilges are Done!

This weekend I removed the main salon temporary floors, to get down in the bilge to finish the glasswork. Recall that, with the keel repair a year ago, the plywood/fiberglass atop the bilge had to be removed. To reseal it, it was covered by a thick mix of resin and milled fiberglass. This left sharp …

Smooth Bilges

Well, my wife said she wanted “smooth bilges”. Why? “Because they are easier to clean!” So, there, you heard it! She volunteered to clean the bilges! When we last left the bilges, it was after the keel repair (84 gallons of resin infused in the keel). The plywood/glass “top” was cut out and it was …

Main Mast Step Installation

This weekend saw the Westsail’s main mast step installed. The masts on W42s are deck stepped, but there is a compression post that sits between the underside of the deck and the keel to distribute compression loads from the mast. This post is typically a length of 2 inch stainless steel tubing. The original W42 …

Weekend of Miscellany

A number of odd tasks done related to the Westsail this weekend. Mostly paralell projects that will continue for a few weeks. Shop The cheap garage drawers and work-surface I bought at Costco some time ago, was, well, cheap. Very shortly after I started storing power tools in the drawers, the drawers started coming apart …

Cleaning the Bilge, Removing the Floor

So this week we did a few things… Got in and cleaned out the bilge as best as possible. There must have been about an inch of mud in the bilge. Scooped most of that out. Actually found the bottom of the bilge! Tore out the forward floor joists/compression post step. These are the joists …