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Ok riddle me this forum peeps:

 

I have a cruiser stern boat.  As is typical, when it rains a lot some gets into my engine bilge.  As is also typical (for me) I'm too lazy to get the water out often.  A couple of weeks ago there was, I estimate nearly an inch of water in the bilge. I've been moored for a couple of weeks and haven't once lifted the engine boards in that time nor have I run the engine.  Today I had the boards up and nearly all the water is gone, just a bit damp down there.

 

Where has the water gone?

 

Possibilities:

 

1.  A phantom bilge pumper?

2.  I've been hallucinating.

3.  Something to do with David Icke?

4. Other

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Evaporation or the bridge troll that lives under the engine has drunk it all.

 

added - don’t look under the engine, trust me he is there, but don’t look.

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Depends how good the ventilation is and how dry the weather. Mine definitely drys up the drips from the greaser if I don’t use the boat for a week in this weather.

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4 minutes ago, doratheexplorer said:

With the boards down?

The troll is more likely to drink with the boards down, so they aren't spotted.  

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1 minute ago, Chewbacka said:

But if it’s not evaporation..............

 

I was expecting more water, not less.  It's been quite rainy.

Just now, Tony Brooks said:

Then its an automatic bilge pump.

I don't have an automatic bilge pump.  The bilge pump stays in a plastic tub under the stern gland and I turn it on when the drips start filling the tub.

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Then if it is not evaporation,I refer you to the wise words of a Sherlock Holmes “How often have I said that when you have excluded the impossible whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth”

 

maybe you you have a hole in the bottom of the boat and it is leaking away😂🤣

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17 minutes ago, Chewbacka said:

Then if it is not evaporation,I refer you to the wise words of a Sherlock Holmes “How often have I said that when you have excluded the impossible whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth”

 

maybe you you have a hole in the bottom of the boat and it is leaking away😂🤣

My first thought was, the water has all leaked out!  Blonde moment!

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You’ve filled up with water and the stern is now higher than the front 😃 meaning the water has ran to the other end 

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12 hours ago, doratheexplorer said:

My first thought was, the water has all leaked out!  Blonde moment!

I'm not blond, dyed my hair a greyish colour years ago, my first thought was you have a hole in the bilge and it's leaked out.

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11 hours ago, Goliath said:

You’ve filled up with water and the stern is now higher than the front 😃 meaning the water has ran to the other end 

Actually I have just filled with water!!!

Could that be true?

I don't think there's a way for water in the engine bilge to get under the cabin.

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2 hours ago, doratheexplorer said:

Actually I have just filled with water!!!

Could that be true?

I don't think there's a way for water in the engine bilge to get under the cabin.

There are limber holes which allow water to pass through the length of the boat and settle at the lowest point. 

So, yes, if you have water in the bilges, the trim of your boat will effect the amount of water you see in the engine bilge. 

 

 

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31 minutes ago, Goliath said:

There are limber holes which allow water to pass through the length of the boat and settle at the lowest poin

Normally these are only within the cabin area and stop at the engine bulkhead. But it’s always a possibility I guess. 

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There are wet bilge boats.

Old Harboughers have pipes down both sides of the bilge to drain the front deck backwards into the rear bilge area, the have been known to rust through and allow water under the cabin floor.......

What is your boat shell?

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1 hour ago, Goliath said:

There are limber holes which allow water to pass through the length of the boat and settle at the lowest point. 

So, yes, if you have water in the bilges, the trim of your boat will effect the amount of water you see in the engine bilge. 

 

 

That depends.  

The bss check requires that -

 

‘All fixed internal combustion engine and gearbox installations must have an engine tray or oil‐tight area.’

 

And

 

‘NOTE – oil‐tight areas must collect from within the engine space and must not extend into other parts of the vessel.’

 

so you could have a tray and a bilge that extends through out the boat, but I would suggest that most boats now have an engine bilge that does not allow liquid to enter the cabin bilge, unless the amount of liquid is sufficiently deep that it flows over the ‘wall’.

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3 minutes ago, Chewbacka said:

That depends.  

The bss check requires that -

 

‘All fixed internal combustion engine and gearbox installations must have an engine tray or oil‐tight area.’

 

And

 

‘NOTE – oil‐tight areas must collect from within the engine space and must not extend into other parts of the vessel.’

 

so you could have a tray and a bilge that extends through out the boat, but I would suggest that most boats now have an engine bilge that does not allow liquid to enter the cabin bilge, unless the amount of liquid is sufficiently deep that it flows over the ‘wall’.

 

7 minutes ago, Chewbacka said:

That depends.  

The bss check requires that -

 

‘All fixed internal combustion engine and gearbox installations must have an engine tray or oil‐tight area.’

 

And

 

‘NOTE – oil‐tight areas must collect from within the engine space and must not extend into other parts of the vessel.’

 

so you could have a tray and a bilge that extends through out the boat, but I would suggest that most boats now have an engine bilge that does not allow liquid to enter the cabin bilge, unless the amount of liquid is sufficiently deep that it flows over the ‘wall’.

So it’s worth the OP checking to find out if water can pass through the engine bay bulkhead. If it can then an inch of water would decrease significantly with more weight at the front. 

 

Mine lets water back and forth. 

I’ve never beeen happy with it. Once tried to block off the holes but it wasn’t a success. Maybe I’ll get around to it again. 

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21 hours ago, Goliath said:

There are limber holes which allow water to pass through the length of the boat and settle at the lowest point. 

So, yes, if you have water in the bilges, the trim of your boat will effect the amount of water you see in the engine bilge. 

 

 

I can't see any holes and the cabin bilge seems dry.

20 hours ago, Boater Sam said:

There are wet bilge boats.

Old Harboughers have pipes down both sides of the bilge to drain the front deck backwards into the rear bilge area, the have been known to rust through and allow water under the cabin floor.......

What is your boat shell?

Andicraft.

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