Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 02-19-2015, 09:57 AM   #1
Veteran Member
 
City: Fairview, TX
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Gray Eagle
Vessel Model: 1985 35" CHB
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 44
Cleaning Bilge

I have a little water and/or oil, etc in my bilge from time to time. Suggestions on how best to clean the bilge. Thanks
__________________
Advertisement

jnvoss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2015, 10:27 AM   #2
Enigma
 
RT Firefly's Avatar
 
City: Slicker?
Country: Bumpkin?
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 9,994
Greetings,
Mr. jn. One can emulsify the oil with a detergent (some will suggest Simple Green but I hate the smell so I use Spray 9) and vacuum up the resultant contaminated water with a wet/dry vac and disposing of the guck in an accepted manner. A few good rinses with the garden hose and you should be good to go. Put some oil absorbers in the bilge to trap any further oil.
__________________

__________________
RTF
RT Firefly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2015, 10:28 AM   #3
Guru
 
ranger42c's Avatar
 
City: Maryland
Country: USA
Vessel Model: 42' Sportfish
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 3,154
No single thing worked for me.

Used a combination of cleaners (Dawn, Simple Green, Kaboom, Goo-Gone, Magic Erasor, etc.) with a combination of applicators (rags, rags at the end of a flat blade screwdriver, mop, toothbrushes, buffer pads, manual wire brushes and wire wheels on a drill, etc.). Added both steam cleaning (where I could insert the tool heads) and power washing. Everything helped.

Did a section at a time until it was all finally done. Wasn't really horrible in the first place, but I wanted it clean enough everywhere so any new dirt/oil/water source is immediately obvious.

Sounds like in your case you'll need to start first with absorbent material (e.g., Zorb pads) to capture oil... and then you'll want to identify the oil source and fix that.

-Chris
__________________
South River, Chesapeake Bay
ranger42c is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2015, 01:47 PM   #4
Veteran Member
 
Ronald's Avatar
 
City: Jacksonville, NC
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Tra Sea Time
Vessel Model: 1989 Marine Trader 38 DC
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 40
Recently did a clean up from a small fuel leak. Used hot water and Dawn. Wet vac to pick up the water. Repeated twice and it cleaned up nicely.
Ronald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2015, 03:33 PM   #5
Guru
 
Alaskan Sea-Duction's Avatar
 
City: Inside Passage Summer/Columbia River Winter
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Alaskan Sea-Duction
Vessel Model: 1988 M/Y Camargue YachtFisher
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 3,136
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ronald View Post
Recently did a clean up from a small fuel leak. Used hot water and Dawn. Wet vac to pick up the water. Repeated twice and it cleaned up nicely.
100%
__________________
1988 M/Y Camargue Yacht Fisher
Alaskan Sea-Duction
MMSI: 338131469
Blog: http://alaskanseaduction.blogspot.com/
Alaskan Sea-Duction is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2015, 03:57 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
funangler's Avatar
 
City: Erie PA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Endless Endeavor
Vessel Model: Custom
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 214
The ShopVac with the pump on it so you can pump into a drum make the process go very nicely. Instead of handling a ShopVac full of water and grime.
funangler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2015, 05:59 PM   #7
Guru
 
No Mast's Avatar
 
City: Atlantic Highlands, NJ
Country: US
Vessel Name: Moana Huaka'i
Vessel Model: Selene 53
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 816
You say it's a little water.. I'd put an oil diaper into the bilge to absorb the oil then use a big sponge to mop up the water into a bucket.


PS- If anyone wanted to order a TF shirt time is quickly running out. PM me if interested, don't hijack this thread.
No Mast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2015, 09:20 PM   #8
Guru
 
Capt.Bill11's Avatar
 
City: Sarasota/Ft. Lauderdale
Country: USA
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 5,422
If you use a shop vac to suck up oily bilge water, use an oil sorb in place of a filter and put one in the bottom of the vac as well. Makes clean up of the vac easier. As well as disposal of the water in the vac.
Capt.Bill11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2015, 12:40 AM   #9
Guru
 
City: Hotel, CA
Country: Fried
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 8,328
Quote:
Originally Posted by Capt.Bill11 View Post
If you use a shop vac to suck up oily bilge water, use an oil sorb in place of a filter and put one in the bottom of the vac as well. Makes clean up of the vac easier. As well as disposal of the water in the vac.

Great idea and one I'll remember too. Hate cleaning oily shop vacs.
__________________
Craig

It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they've been fooled - Mark Twain
CPseudonym is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2015, 09:00 AM   #10
Guru
 
hmason's Avatar
 
City: Westport, CT
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Magic
Vessel Model: Grand Banks 46 Europa
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 1,888
Where do you dispose of a shop vac full of contaminated water? And, how do you transport it? ��
__________________
Howard
Magic, 1996 Grand Banks Europa
Westport, CT and Stuart, FL
hmason is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2015, 09:49 AM   #11
Guru
 
Capt.Bill11's Avatar
 
City: Sarasota/Ft. Lauderdale
Country: USA
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 5,422
Quote:
Originally Posted by hmason View Post
Where do you dispose of a shop vac full of contaminated water? And, how do you transport it? ��
Depends on where you are located. And whether you want an honest answer or the PC feel good one.
Capt.Bill11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2015, 10:30 AM   #12
Guru
 
psneeld's Avatar
 
City: Avalon, NJ
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Freedom
Vessel Model: Albin 40
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 15,853
After letting it settle a bit and having oil pads in it and they are still absorbing...there's probably less oil in 10 to 20 gallons of bilge water than somebody washing greasy parts in a deep sink.

If your municipal waster water system doesn't prohibit it...down the drain is one way.

I so e places I lived, the proper disposal of antifreeze was down the drain...they probably figured it was better than to transport with spillage.
psneeld is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2015, 01:47 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
seasalt007's Avatar
 
City: Punta Gorda, FL
Country: U.S.
Vessel Name: Aweigh
Vessel Model: Nordic Tug 42
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 481
I have always wondered if soap residue would make a bilge pump's float switch more prone to sticking?
seasalt007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2015, 05:00 PM   #14
Guru
 
Alaskan Sea-Duction's Avatar
 
City: Inside Passage Summer/Columbia River Winter
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Alaskan Sea-Duction
Vessel Model: 1988 M/Y Camargue YachtFisher
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 3,136
Quote:
Originally Posted by Capt.Bill11 View Post
Depends on where you are located. And whether you want an honest answer or the PC feel good one.

Yep. Either pour it into a jug and put it in the trash or dump it in the river and rinse you shopVac out with river water.
__________________
1988 M/Y Camargue Yacht Fisher
Alaskan Sea-Duction
MMSI: 338131469
Blog: http://alaskanseaduction.blogspot.com/
Alaskan Sea-Duction is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2015, 05:25 PM   #15
Guru
 
Capt.Bill11's Avatar
 
City: Sarasota/Ft. Lauderdale
Country: USA
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 5,422
Quote:
Originally Posted by seasalt007 View Post
I have always wondered if soap residue would make a bilge pump's float switch more prone to sticking?
Oily sludge is way more likely to cause a switch to stick than soap.
Capt.Bill11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2015, 05:52 PM   #16
LWW
Veteran Member
 
City: Richmond Va
Country: USA
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 98
Use to be a product called "Oileater" you could get at Costco. Used it on my bilges all the time. I think you can get it at HD in a small Qt size.Larry
__________________

LWW is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not 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 Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:59 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2006 - 2012