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Cleaning lady!

Ok, so I am no landshark, though I did play one for a while when I worked for a local radio station. I guess that is not the same as saying I once stayed at a holiday inn express?

Flirt’s Bilges have never been “clean”. When I dragged her home from upstate New York, there were several inches of nasty water sloshing around in there. Today I modified a how to drag the ever growing levels of detritus out.

My late Grandfather spend many of his years underground as an Iron Ore miner in Upper Michigan. One of the things he told me was how he narrowed a shovel so he would work faster. I remembering this, I did the same to a cheap hoe. I took my grinder to it and narrowed it down to about 2 inches (sorry, no pictures) and used it to scrape out Flirt’s bilges.

I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

this is about 10 gallons of sodden glassfibre dust:

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And here are all the tools I found. Many nasty looking chip brushes, a seized pair of vicegrips, a scraper, rusty screwdrivers, and other miscellaneous junk.

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Just to be nice, the “finished” pictures of the now clean bilges. Note, they are still not clean. Not even scraping or brushing would move the hardened on stuff that has probably been there for decades. I will probably sand down what I can and encapsulate the rest in epoxy.

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Tomorrow I set up the “bed” for the water tank, finish up running a vent line for my C-Head, and think about laying down some runny epoxy to seal up the bottom of the bilge.

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A long time sailor who has been away from the water for too long, I am working hard to bring an old and abused boat back to life. When not working on my boat, I can often be found working as a Stage Hand in Atlantic City or just out and about on my Mountain Bike. I really come off as a quiet and boring person when people first meet me.

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  1. all of THAT was in the bilge?

    Wow! That’s a lot of unnecessary ballast. lol
    Good you were able to clean that out.

    • Lots of sanding over the past year, and Flirt’s keel is a bit narrow and hard to get into. Most of that filth was the heavy textured “paint” put on by the factory in 1963 for insulation.

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