Hello Fellow Boaters
Tip of the month!
I thought I would talk a little about bilges. While they are not any fun to be in most of the time, a little maintenance in this area can go a long way towards protecting your investment, help detect any fluid leaks before damage can occur and keep unwanted odors from getting into the cabin. With that being said, the following general steps will help ensure a trouble free season:
Clean – degrease all engine and transmissions along with the areas directly under them. This should only be done on cold engines. There are numerous cleaners to help with this job on the market. In some cases it will be necessary to scrub some areas to thoroughly clean them. REMEMBER to rinse thoroughly and keep water away from sensitive electronics ,chargers, alternators , etc.etc….
After rinsing and drying the standing water, from the tops of the motors, I recommend leaving the engine hatch area open over night to prevent trapping any moisture in the engine room. Precautions will need to be taken so no one falls thru an open hatch.
Place oil absorbent pads under engines and transmissions, and gen set if equipped. With the pads in place it will be easy to look at a glance and see if any leaks are present and locate the source. This is something to look for while checking fluids at the beginning of the weekend.
Depending on how clean the bilge is it may be necessary to change them every month or so to keep any oil from accumulating.