37 Photos - Jul 28, 2014
Photo: Fwd section of bilge.  Left to right... upper PVC pipe is black water inlet, lower PVC pipe is black water pump out, center is 1/2" vent hose, and right is holding tank level sensor.Photo: Removing bilge floor began by cutting off the PVC pipes for better access.  Next I drilled 3/8" holes along perimeter of cut out.  Drilling holes assisted with alignment of cut and spread less dust that cutting with saw or grinder.Photo: forward section of bilge with holes marking section to be removed.Photo: Aft section of bilge... I drilled more holes in areas that I knew would require the grinder to cut.Photo: drilling outline complete now time for the jigsawPhoto: jigsaw with fiberglass blade is more accurate and spreads less dust than a cut off wheel on the grinderPhoto: Photo: The  section I removed averages approx 1/2" in thickness.   Based on conversations from the Morgan Group I expected the divider to be a thin layer of fiberglass.Photo: PVC tubes that lead into holding tank.  1 1/4" inlet tube on left.  1 1/2" pump out tube on right.Photo: close up of tubes passing through floor section.Photo: cut out removed exposing black water with fiberglass dust floating atop - YUK!Photo: holding tank cleaned and edges of cut out gound outPhoto: Aft end of bilge I drilled three 3/8" holes to allow water to drain from lowest spot on shelf (aft) into lower level.  I also drilled a larger hole to allow manual bilge pump pick up hose access to lower bilge.Photo: plywood bracing under sole connecting forward end of counter top (port) with forward end of nav station (star) was only tabbed to hull on one side.Photo: The original construction plans for the M382 denoted tabbing on both sides of the cross brace that spans between the galley counter and the nav stationPhoto: cutting 1708 cloth for tabbing on aft side bracingPhoto: new tabbing on brace under cabin solePhoto: Aft end of upper bilge with a couple coats of white paintPhoto: Upper bilge with a couple coats of white paint.  Lower bilge, formerly holdng tank, with a few coats of 2000E barrier coat.Photo: Fresh paint on the upper section of the bilgePhoto: Pilgrim Electric Bilge Pump DiagramPhoto: mounting bracket for lower bilge pump strumbox and float switchPhoto: fabricating mount for middle bilge pumpPhoto: middle bilg pump, 2000 G/H, and float switch w/ high water alarm ready to be installed in lower bilgePhoto: flange for attaching shelf is screwed into floow of upper bilgePhoto: flange for securing middle bigle pump also serves as base for mountng upper, high capacity bilge pumpPhoto: upper, high capacity bilge pump is Rule 3700 that I plan to pair with a Ultra Safety Systems float switchPhoto: looking down into lower bilge with lower bilge pump float switch & hose on left and middle bilge pump & float switch on rightPhoto: pre-pump strainer for lower bilge pump mounted in upper bilge area.Photo: Syphon breaks for middle and lower bilge pumps mounted in port cockpit combing.Photo: Lower & Middle bilge pump hoses pass through conduit under ice box the rise vertically to syphon breaks mounted in the cocpit combing.Photo: Lower and middle bilge pump discharge hoses plumbed to drain manifoldPhoto: Hole for upper bilge pump discharge with with core removed and void filled with thickened epoxyPhoto: installing new above water thru-hull for upper bilge pump discharge in cockpit lockerPhoto: new thru hull at waterline on starboard side is drain for deck scupperPhoto: new thru-hull just above boot stripe of port side is discharge outlet for 3700G/H bilge pumpPhoto: new thru-hull just above boot stripe of port side is discharge outlet for 3700G/H bilge pump