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Old 11-26-2014, 10:39 AM   #41
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I save old laundry detergent bottles, add a little bit of water then pour into the bilge. Using a toilet brush works VERY well and you can scrub it clean, then use the shopvac to remove the dirty water. I always keep absorbent towels in the bilge which capture any oil leaks. The laundry detergent bottles also leave a nice smell in the bilge as well!
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I like the shop vac idea to get the water out of the bilge, but I would think it needs to be a small one so it can be lifted to the dock, yes?
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"I like the shop vac idea to get the water out of the bilge, but I would think it needs to be a small one so it can be lifted to the dock, yes?"


The ones you buy at Lowes or Home Depot that fit on top of a five gallon bucket work well on a boat.
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I used a home depot "bucket head." This is a small shop vac head that sits on a standard 5 gal bucket. As I filled up one bucket I handed it the admiral and put the head on another one.
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I like the shop vac idea to get the water out of the bilge, but I would think it needs to be a small one so it can be lifted to the dock, yes?
I use the mid grade one from Harbor freight works great and cheap I think only 2-3 gallon

will be at the bout over the weekend will post a pic

but I think I like the idea of the ones that fit the 5 gallon bucket also

I have a smaller bucket same diameter as a 5 but a little shorter wonder if that would work
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I use a smaller shop vac from Sears - just MAKE SURE you carry it from the bottom!!!
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Old 11-26-2014, 06:44 PM   #47
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In the process of repowering, we freshened up the gellcoat in the bilge engine drip pan. Bilge goes under the drip pan. Makes keeping the bilge clean really easy.

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I use a smaller shop vac from Sears - just MAKE SURE you carry it from the bottom!!!
I had a small shop vac for the boat. It rolled into the river. Even though I was able to retrieve it quickly and let it dry out before using it again it didn't last very long after that.

But, it was a good test of the dock GFCI breaker.
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In the process of repowering, we freshened up the gellcoat in the bilge engine drip pan. Bilge goes under the drip pan. Makes keeping the bilge clean really easy.



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Can you talk more about how you "Freshened up the Gel coat"? Looks GREAT!
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Can you talk more about how you "Freshened up the Gel coat"? Looks GREAT!
Because there had been oil and antifreeze in the pan, cleaned it with Dawn, water and a Scotshbrite pad. Sanded the entire surface to remove some of the top layer of gel coat. Wiped it down with acetone. Then gave it 3 coats of gel coat. Sanding and wiping with acetone are a must in areas where there may have been oil, fuel, antifreeze, etc. Use 2 different gel coats, with and without wax. The base coats leave a tacky surface for the next coat to stick to without sanding. Top coat is tack free.

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