part dos: bilge bilgeyness

I can finally use my sink again! The boat work today was successful. Not only was the seacock, or ball valve, properly removed with no damage to the thru hull, we replaced it and all is good! There aren’t any leaks anywhere, which is all you can hope for really.

If you jack up a thru hull up it can sink boat quick if the seal is broken, which happens from twisting the thru hull itself. It’s hard to remove one valve and not twist another, you know?! But Jay had it all figured out. He did it and he did it good. My diver (yes, I own him) was here and after the second wood plug failure he eventually removed the it and used his plunger to stop the water flow instead.

We did have to make one trip to the hardware store to get a nipple (tee hee!) that was rusted and corroded in the old seacock. Easy and simple fix!

I learned a lot today! First, divers use plungers to have something to help stabilize them when they’re down below scrubbing away. They slap it up against the hull and go to town. Innnteresting!!

Second, if you put a plunger over a hole below the water line, once the water inside the plunger is released you no longer have water coming in. We had to cancel the first attempt because water just kept coming in, meaning the wood plug just wasn’t plugged all the way regardless of it appeared to be or not. With no diver present (in a wetsuit who knows where the hole is and what to do) it’s hard to move forward. But today we did it! Wahoooooo!!!! A month later the project is complete 🙂

Below are pictures from today. Warning: I update the blog via the mobile site so I can’t put captions for the images, I will put them in order to show the progress.

Side note: I never would have thought I would be so happy to be able to pull in my hose to do the dishes!! It beats doing them out in the cockpit in a bucket, that’s for sure! I also was easily able to put everything away that I had pulled out this am. When I say I don’t have room for anything extra, I really don’t have room!













bilge bilgeyness

Anyone who has gone sailing on this boat probably knows it takes on a bit of water when out on the bay. Not so much, but enough to mess everything up down below. In trying to determine the problem you have to rule out things one by one. I’ve made progress in the past year, but I still haven’t narrowed it down just yet.

Someone had asked if I am closing the valve to my sink when going sailing. I honestly didn’t even know where it was!
So I removed a few boards here and there and got to it. The thing is so rusty if I even try to close it I am sure the handle would break off. Being that this is below the water line, it’s not something I want to f/with if you know what I mean.

My diver (yes he’s mine and only mine) cleaned the bottom of my boat and while he was down there I had him plug the sink hole for me. That way I could change the ball valve out and not worry about sinking the boat. I did give it a solid attempt, but there was too much water coming out of the hoses once disconnected and I realized I was in over my head and needed a pro. I asked all of my neighbors, one who quickly said “I wouldn’t touch that with a 10′ pole, you gotta haul out for that!!” I appreciated the honesty, and at least I knew that I did need a professional.

I found a great guy who knows what he’s doing, is punctual, and… well that’s all the matters! He came by tonight to try to change out the valve, but it turns out the hole below the water line isn’t completely plugged. Water just kept draining and draining and draining. We had to re-attach the hoses and when my diver is in town again I will have him with us so that we’ve got both areas covered.

To be continued!