A VERY STINKY BILGE

SAIL - - Boat Works Ask Sail - — Steve Kelleher, sail­mail@sail­magazine.com

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.

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