[Public-List] Oily Bilge

Mike Dwyer mdwyer at dejazzd.com
Mon Jul 30 18:21:46 PDT 2007

Thanks George,
I appreciate your suggestions. In searching the archives I was some what 
reassured after learning others have faced similar conditions and both boat 
and owners survived.
Thanks, Mike
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "George Dinwiddie" <gdinwiddie at alberg30.org>
To: "Alberg 30 Public List -- open to all" <public-list at lists.alberg30.org>
Sent: Monday, July 30, 2007 8:35 PM
Subject: Re: [Public-List] Oily Bilge

> Mike Dwyer wrote:
>> Hey guys could use your help in cleaning up an oily bilge. I
>> purchased "Imp" last fall . At the time it had been leaking oil into
>> the bilge via a bad dip stick connection. I pulled the engine to make
>> repairs and to clean / paint the bilge. In the process of cleaning
>> the bilge I am coming across what appears to be concrete at the
>> bottom of the bilge and it has begun deteriorating.  Three questions:
>> Is it normal for Albergs to have concrete in the bilge for ballast
>> and would it be feasable to remove the remnant to clean the oil out.
>> Lastly what would you recommend to clean the oily surface prior to
>> painting. Thanks greatly appreciate your thoughts!
> I'd suggest a liquid laundry detergent to clean the bilge, but you don't
> want to pump it overboard.  I've used a shopvac to clean out the bilge,
> before.
> I don't know about the bilge details of the older boats.  The ballast,
> however, is cast iron, not concrete.  You may be seeing the covering
> over the ballast.
>  - George
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