A VERY STINKY BILGE
Q: I have a 1974 Ranger 29 that is in good shape and sails about as fast as my J/24, but has headroom and a real head, which my two daughters think is great. My problem is Jensen Marine thought the ice box should discharge directly into the bilge. Not smart. I have now diverted the ice box drain to a self-contained graywater system that pumps out via the galley sink through-hull. However, with 42 years of bacteria in the bilge, any amount of seawater in the bilge turns the boat into a sewer pit. How can I disinfect 42 years of bacteria dysfunction? Some local sailors say the answer is worse than the problem. I need help.