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:
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.
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.
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.