Wake Up Call

February 11, 2014 Posted by Deb

A hot water hose ruptured at about 2:00 a.m. a few days ago. We initially assumed the fresh water pump had finally croaked because it was running continuously. We then noticed the bilge pump was running in the port engine room.

We found clothes, popped the engine room hatch, and saw about 50 gallons of water and 80/90 lower unit oil sloshing around. The lower unit oil was from a long-term leak in the saildrive that accumulates in the well under the engine … not, however, with 50 gallons of hot water roaming free. About then we discovered the bilge pump had failed. I climbed in and started to hand pump and Deb hauled the mess off the boat at about 2-3 gallons per trip. We have drop-in backup pumps but the oily mess would have made a cleaning nightmare out of it. Fortunately we were in a marina which disproves Captain Ron’s saying, “If anything is going to happen … it’ll happen out there.”

The clean up took a chunk of the night and the following day and the bilge pump replacement took three days, mostly from scouring Placencia for hose, hose clamps, barbs, and couplers to match a French-dimensioned fresh water system to the new 1.13 size of current system. In some cases, there was no match and that is where 5200 came in as a temporary McGyver. The remaining challenge was to get to bed after being covered in 80/90 oil from the knees and elbows down.

90-Weight Oil Skin Treatment

90-Weight Oil Skin Treatment

 

2:00 a.m. Bilge Pumping

2:00 a.m. Bilge Pumping

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