The official "Stray Current II" thread. '07 260DA

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Bilge nice and dry. I suppose I will know by the end of the week if my bellows are leaking at all.

Now, let’s see if this thing can be on its’ best behavior, and redeem itself over the next several weeks. Either way I think I’m doing new cockpit upholstery. It’s gonna be a selling point or a keeping point.
Postcard pictures there, except for the last one of your bilge. Disgusting that yours should look that good.
 
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Bilge nice and dry. I suppose I will know by the end of the week if my bellows are leaking at all.

Now, let’s see if this thing can be on its’ best behavior, and redeem itself over the next several weeks. Either way I think I’m doing new cockpit upholstery. It’s gonna be a selling point or a keeping point.
My bilge is never that dry. Everything drains into the bilge and the pump can't get the last bit of water out. Looks good! I also wish I had that much room in front of my motor.
 
My bilge is never that dry. Everything drains into the bilge and the pump can't get the last bit of water out. Looks good! I also wish I had that much room in front of my motor.

You and me both. My boat actually has wells for the fwd and aft pumps. ...
 
Postcard pictures there, except for the last one of your bilge. Disgusting that yours should look that good.
My bilge is never that dry. Everything drains into the bilge and the pump can't get the last bit of water out. Looks good! I also wish I had that much room in front of my motor.
You and me both. My boat actually has wells for the fwd and aft pumps. ...
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That is a dishwasher drain hose. The one end is cut on a 45 degree and zip tied flush to the floor on the through bolt for the garboard plug at the absolute lowest point of the hull. The other end with the rubber fits perfectly over a small shop vac hose

When running on plane and trimmed out every drop of water between the hull and liner finds that spot. I let the shop vac run a few minutes while cruising after I wash the bilge and it gets everything
 
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That is a dishwasher drain hose. The one end is cut on a 45 degree and zip tied flush to the floor on the through bolt for the garboard plug at the absolute lowest point of the hull. The other end with the rubber fits perfectly over a small shop vac hose

When running on plane and trimmed out every drop of water between the hull and liner finds that spot. I let the shop vac run a few minutes while cruising after I wash the bilge and it gets everything

Yep, I also have anti syphon loops for the pumps but the pumps are set on a platform and it is impossible to ever get all the water out. There is a thread around here about DIY pump or something that has way of getting the rest of the water out.

Your bilge is an inspiration to all of us, except maybe @ttmott who's bilge is also much like yours ... #BilgeEnvy :p
 
Yep, I also have anti syphon loops for the pumps but the pumps are set on a platform and it is impossible to ever get all the water out. There is a thread around here about DIY pump or something that has way of getting the rest of the water out.

Your bilge is an inspiration to all of us, except maybe @ttmott who's bilge is also much like yours ... #BilgeEnvy :p
I also have an anti siphon loop and a duckbill at the pump. I also shop vac the loop out after washing the bilge so the water in the line doesn’t drain back

I considered making the diy version of that pump but honestly the shop vac and dishwasher hose is easy enough. Having a generator makes the shop vac the simplest solution.

I was thinking about installing a beverage fridge down there with how much time I spend in that bilge

A clean bilge definitely makes shitty work less miserable
 
I also have an anti siphon loop and a duckbill at the pump. I also shop vac the loop out after washing the bilge so the water in the line doesn’t drain back

I considered making the diy version of that pump but honestly the shop vac and dishwasher hose is easy enough. Having a generator makes the shop vac the simplest solution.

I was thinking about installing a beverage fridge down there with how much time I spend in that bilge

A clean bilge definitely makes shitty work less miserable

Lol, A beer cooler would be nice down there. Yeah I keep a 3gal one by my toolbox and gloves. But the aft well needs to be accessed through another hatch other then the main area. The generator separates the the two.

Yeah, clean is so much easier to work with for sure.
 
Lol, A beer cooler would be nice down there. Yeah I keep a 3gal one by my toolbox and gloves. But the aft well needs to be accessed through another hatch other then the main area. The generator separates the the two.

Yeah, clean is so much easier to work with for sure.
Eventually, I’m going to extend that hose up into the lazaret area where the shore power inlet and water inlet come up.

I’ll probably bring it into the compartment under the seat.

My shop vac doesn’t have enough water lift to make that work, but throwing a quarter inch hole about 4 inches above the end allows it to aerate and pick the water up that high.

There’s no reason you couldn’t run some sort of permanently installed hoses from all of your low spots to a central location tucked in a compartment that would be easy to hit with the vacuum while underway. I’m certain you gotta have a generator in that 460.
 
... I’m certain you gotta have a generator in that 460.

Yes, a small one though, only 12.5kw. - sorry couldn't resist

My boat doesn't need to get on plane to have the water reach the two wells. They only fill up because I wash the ER out and that's where the water stays. Also the aft well has the hatch drains drop into it so washing the boat fills that up. Fixing that is on my list to fix at some point. The front well is where the water lands when I wash ER out. I guess I could SV that out, but I am lazy when it comes to that.
 
Yes, a small one though, only 12.5kw. - sorry couldn't resist

My boat doesn't need to get on plane to have the water reach the two wells. They only fill up because I wash the ER out and that's where the water stays. Also the aft well has the hatch drains drop into it so washing the boat fills that up. Fixing that is on my list to fix at some point. The front well is where the water lands when I wash ER out. I guess I could SV that out, but I am lazy when it comes to that.
I completely missed the fact that the generator separates the two wells, so yeah, you definitely have one . Back to the email thread where nobody reads anything :oops:


I guess that’s what I get for skimming while I am watching a datalog on this little lpg Cummins I’m working on.
 
Wow! I used to think I kept a clean bilge.
Skybolt's comment that it's an inspiration to us all is almost an understatement!

I was just about finished up a raw water pump & 'stat housing redo and given the flaking paint and rust I found, I decided to clean that up before I was finished down there. Now I have quite a mess that I wasn't looking forward to cleaning up. After seeing your bilge, it is almost tempting to throw in the towel, admit defeat, and divert my attention to standing up straight again. :rolleyes:

I guess your genny is forward of the engine on a shelf atop the stringers? That is where mine will mount, as I haven't installed it yet. Were it not for that space to put my seemly fat ass, I don't know how I could have accomplished the little bit that I have.

I just saw this thread and skimmed through it. You're to be commended for documenting everything you've done in this fashion, I know it doesn't make anything go quicker when you do.
Thanks for taking the time to, it is an immeasurable help to more than will comment, I'm sure.
 
Wow! I used to think I kept a clean bilge.
Skybolt's comment that it's an inspiration to us all is almost an understatement!

I was just about finished up a raw water pump & 'stat housing redo and given the flaking paint and rust I found, I decided to clean that up before I was finished down there. Now I have quite a mess that I wasn't looking forward to cleaning up. After seeing your bilge, it is almost tempting to throw in the towel, admit defeat, and divert my attention to standing up straight again. :rolleyes:

I guess your genny is forward of the engine on a shelf atop the stringers? That is where mine will mount, as I haven't installed it yet. Were it not for that space to put my seemly fat ass, I don't know how I could have accomplished the little bit that I have.

I just saw this thread and skimmed through it. You're to be commended for documenting everything you've done in this fashion, I know it doesn't make anything go quicker when you do.
Thanks for taking the time to, it is an immeasurable help to more than will comment, I'm sure.
All of my teachers said I’d never amount to anything, but look at me now :D

It’s really not that hard to keep it clean with the liner in the bilge. A little hot water and some simple green or dish detergent, and four or five different shape and size brushes make it pretty easy. The hardest part is getting all the water out, because there is a gap between the hull and liner with drain hole, and it fills up and only empties back out into the lowest sump while on plane. That’s where the aforementioned dishwasher drain hose is a big timesaver.

Being able to stand up straight or move without your joints cracking is overrated. I’m only 35, but the boat yoga (and racing standup jetskis) has definitely not helped the arthritic factor. I’m also an overweight guy, but I’m working my way back to my 24 year old self. Boat work has certainly gotten easier after losing 55 pounds. 55 more to go…

The generator is on a plywood platform between the stringers over the gas tank. Certainly not a lot of room and it was miserable to do the valve lash adjustment
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Looking back at this picture I see how bad my generator base plate has rusted. I guess next time I have a chance to lay up I’m gonna pull that thing out and get it blasted and powder coated if I still own it. That’s from brake cleaner taking the paint off and wash down water sitting in the pan..

This thread does double duty! It helps a lot of people as I do receive a decent amount of PMs about various things, and I always try to help. It’s also a running maintenance log so I can look back and see when I did x or y. Hopefully, I inspire people to take on some things and ask questions and do it themselves.

My tone the last year or so probably hasn’t been the most encouraging for newer boat owners. Ive been dealing with a lot all wailing on me at once

You got a build thread for what you’re up to?
 
Looks like most of my pictures in this thread didn’t make it through the breach. Is anyone else not seeing them?
 
They are showing OK for me back to post #263 (July 4, 2022). I think mid pg 14?
Send admin a message. Keep the faith.
I never expected them to recover as well as they have. Keeping a current BU is more complicated than one might think. They may still be recovering what is missing, just let them know to add this to whatever list they have.
 
Hopefully there’s a backup somewhere as I no longer have any of the photos. My old sonim got destroyed and had not been backing up to the cloud like I thought
 

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