The slimy underbelly of our boat deck

Boat maintenance

The slimy underbelly of our boat deck
The slimy underbelly of our boat deck

Mid September, the bilge pump below the deck of our boat became erratic so I lifted one of the deck plates to take a look. Turns out it was a really good idea as the hydraulic hoses for the power steering were rubbing against a bulkhead, and would have leaked sooner or later.

Whilst the area was open I decided to replace the fuel lines from the tank to the filter, and secure the control cables, wiring looms etc as they could also end up being chafed if they floated around loose for too long.  The last time I had this panel out was about 18 months ago when I installed the Lowrance Sonar and GPS units. In this time you can see how the fuel lines had become covered with an algae that was really slimy and would most likely have damaged the fuel lines if left unchecked.

I also replaced the wiring to the existing bilge pump and installed a second one as a back-up. The area is now clean, no loose cables or looms and ready to be closed up again.

All done!
All done!

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Tony

Scuba diver, teacher, gadget man, racing driver, boat skipper, photographer, and collector of stray animals

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