Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Bilge maitenance

James Alton

Kent and others,

   I have been following the discussion about whether to use bleach or not in the sump.  I have to agree with the corrosion concerns of using bleach.  I will use something like Comet to scrub the fiberglass surfaces in the engine area but then immediately rinse the surfaces and flush the bilge afterwards.  I think that if one is using bleach in a confined space such as the engine area that it would be wise to ventilate the compartment until the fumes have been removed.  The fumes are corrosive as well and  hard on any vented electronics.   

James Alton
SV Sueno,  Maramu #220
La Caletta, Sardinia

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From: "Kent Robertson karkauai@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...>
Date: 8/28/17 03:25 (GMT+01:00)
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Bilge maitenance


I have a small Ryobi pressure washer that does a great job of cleaning the walls of the sump.  

The only time I use bleach is when the aft head area starts to smell bad.  After putting a bung in the hoses where they drain into the sump, I put an ounce of bleach in a full sink, and run it down the hoses.  After a couple hours, I drain it into the sump and  empty the sump with the bilge pump, then run another sink full of fresh water down and drain it again.  That takes care of any odor.
After 9 years my copper strap looks like new.  When I bought Kristy (10 y old), the strap was corroded completely thru.  I'm betting the prior owner used bleach regularly.

Kent Robertson
S/V Kristy SM243

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