Westsail 42 Bilge

  • June 26, 2018 10:42 AM
    Message # 6343559

    Hi all,

    Been glassing in new stringers and bulkheads to accommodate new fuel and water tanks.

    As part of the process, I am cleaning the bilge area that is under the engine room / engine pan. On our W42s one can say that they have an upper bilge area and a lower /deep one. As seen in the two photos taken from bottom of companion way looking aft, there is an approx. 3” high ridge. The ridge / possible upper part of a form/ bulkhead is at the point where the upper bilge dumps into the lower bilge. The 3” high part, as I see it, inhibits water from upper bilge dumping into lower bilge until the water, etc. gets to 3” high. Thinking of it when we steam cleaned the bilge from diesel fuel contamination from leaking tanks, the water, etc. did eventually drain. 

    Has any W42 owners seen this 3” rise at the apex of upper to lower bilge. Thinking of cutting it out or drilling large holes trough it. But if it has a plywood core, etc., will have to seal it. That could be a problem if already soaked with contaminated deisel bilge water. Of course access to this area is very limited.

    Any thoughts, etc. 

    Best to all..



    S/V Cadence

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  • June 26, 2018 10:46 AM
    Reply # 6343575 on 6343559

    Sorry, photos uploaded sideways for some reason.

  • July 19, 2018 4:11 PM
    Reply # 6389473 on 6343559

    Hmmm.... we don't have that on our boat . 

  • July 20, 2018 10:45 AM
    Reply # 6390540 on 6343559
    Thanks Dave,

    I have pretzeled myself, as well as attaching 

    A Fien tool and grinder to a 4 ‘ & 6’ level to be 

    able to cut, remove, grind the area down to be 

    glassed. Hell of an area to work in !!

    I saw your post about Rudder packing. I used 1/4”

    on mine. Hope this helps..

    Have a fantastic time .



    S/V Cadence

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