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Striving for the elusive DRY BILGE!

A dry bilge is desirable for preventing unpleasant odors, mold growth, and potential damage to a boat's structure or systems. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to achieve and maintain a dry bilge:

  1. Regularly Inspect and Clean the Bilge: Before trying to keep it dry, clean the bilge of any dirt, oil, or debris. There are specialized bilge cleaners available in marine supply stores that can help break down grease and grime.

  2. Identify Sources of Water Ingress:

    • Hull Leaks: Check for any signs of damage to the hull or weak spots.

    • Fittings and Seals: Inspect through-hull fittings, seals, and gaskets for wear or leaks.

    • Deck Drains: Ensure they're not clogged and that they drain away from the bilge.

    • Windows, Ports, and Hatches: Ensure they seal correctly and don't allow rainwater to enter.

    • Shaft Seals: Regularly inspect and replace if they show signs of wear.

    • Cooling Systems: Ensure there are no leaks from engine cooling systems.

  1. Install a Good Quality Bilge Pump: Ensure that you have a reliable automatic bilge pump with a float switch to pump out water as it collects. Regularly check and test its operation.

  2. Regular Maintenance:

    • Check Valves: Regularly inspect and clean the check valves to ensure they're not allowing water to return to the bilge.

    • Hose Connections: Ensure all hose connections are secure and free from leaks.

    • Regularly Check the Bilge: Establish a routine to regularly inspect the bilge for water or signs of leaks.

  1. Ventilate: Proper ventilation can help reduce condensation, another source of water in the bilge. Checkout EVAPORATOR+ for routine ventilation.

  2. Dry Bilge Products: There are products available that can be installed to help keep the bilge dry. They are designed to remove the last bits of water that bilge pumps can't reach. BILGE-B-DRY is the answer!

  3. Regularly Inspect After Rain or Rough Seas: After events that might introduce water to the boat, check the bilge and address any issues promptly.

  4. Educate Crew and Passengers: Ensure anyone on board knows not to dump liquids or waste in the bilge.

  5. Consider a Bilge Alarm: This can notify you if water levels rise unexpectedly, indicating a problem that needs immediate attention.

Regular inspecti

ons and preventive maintenance are crucial. Addressing small issues promptly can prevent bigger problems down the road. Remember, a dry bilge is not only about cleanliness but also about ensuring the longevity and safety of your vessel.

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