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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Cleaning the Engine Compartment...

July 13, 2010
Presently tied up at the City of Fort Myers Yacht Basin Marina.

S/V Blondie-Dog is a 28' Cape Dory sailboat purchased some two weeks ago. I spent my first week attempting to get my mindset squared away with living on-board a sailboat once again and resisting the temptation to add A/C powered creature comforts.

Spent the past week performing a thorough cleaning of what was once the engine compartment. The Yanmar diesel was deemed unrepairable and discarded by the boat's previous owner. Nevertheless, left in its wake were rusted bolts, cables, nuts, washers, wiring, and shards of rusted metal.

I must have filled my mop bucket halfway up with rusted crud. A can of engine de-greaser was liberally sprayed throughout the compartment and left to soak awhile and was followed up with a stiff brush and elbow grease.

White vinegar was not effective as a cleanser but the bleach certainly was. A good spraying with the water hose followed soon thereafter and the dockside waste-water pump hose was brought in to siphon all the gray water out of the bilge.

All in all it was a worthwhile cleaning effort.

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