|My step-dad TC and Don on Heiress (Cape Dory 31)|
For my non-boaty friends, a bilge is like a miniature basement; a compartment on a boat that sits in the lowest area - under the sole (floor) - below the waterline. It's purpose is to collect & contain liquids - everything from waves-over-the-boat sea water, to leaking engine oil & diesel, etc. A wet bilge is normal, so automatic bilge pumps are installed to keep the levels manageable.
|A little water in the bilge is normal and acceptable. |
But I'd prefer ours (above) to be dry & dusty.
The contents of bilges can be informative, because other than wet marine environment condensation running down the interior walls of your hull, the other stuff boaters find in bilges is often evidence of some looming project (a split in the sanitation hoses, a leaking oil seal, corroded gas tank, weeping through-hulls, etc.) I'll go on record and say it; we want a dry bilge. Our salty, seasoned, sailing friends shake their heads at this seemingly naive & futile goal. But determination works for salmon swimming upstream, and we're determined. If you're not into bilge water source diagnostics (and if you're not a boater, I don't blame you), scroll to the bottom of this post for a groovy cocktail recipe that has nothing whatsoever to do with bilges or boats. And thanks for stopping in.
|Mopping pooled water around the caps of the tank under the nav berth|
|One of the existing caps on our Kracor water tanks|
|One of the existing Kracor water tank cap gaskets|
|New cap & gaskets arrived in the mail; big difference!|
|Much better = not leaking. :)|
|Canadian Smoke Jumper (think: pancakes at a campfire)|
Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Whiskey
Crown Royal Maple Finished Whiskey
We erred on the side of sweet-caution, and reduced the simple syrup by half, and will probably reduce it further in the next round. If you like smokey, peaty scotch, and maple scent & flavor - like pancakes by a campfire, you might like this drink. Enjoy!
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