Boat Stuff

Boat technicalities, practicalities and experiences


I present to you… A clean and painted bilge! BEFORE… and after.


Today was bilge painting day.  We even made a video tutorial which will be available to all you eager readers very soon.  This is by far the most satisfying aspect of bilge renovation.  The waxoyl just waxes on!  YIPPEEEE!!!  And the fumes are quite something.  WHO needs Brazil in the summer when you can have Waxoyl fumes in the winter?

the syringe

Pat had an idea to use a syringe to remove any unwanted excess water from the small holes we found in the bilge and it worked a treat! It is a bit worrying that there are holes in the bottom, but as far as we can see they do not go all the way through.

That would be troublesome.


this is the name of the miraculous black stuff that you spray all over the bilge of the boat to make it rust proof. IT”S AMAZING.  Its a mixture of wax and oil and something else (sorry- I’ve forgotten but I’ll come back to it).  And it goes on like a treat.  So last night we got going. The tricky part is heating the oil or ‘oyl’ because it solidifies at room temperature- and kind of concretizes at boat temperature. We tried various experiments with buckets of hot water and kettles and trips to the tap outside because we’ve got no water hooked up (because there’s no tanks).  It was positively edwardian. In the end we stuck the tins in front of the big space heater we’ve got in there, which runs on kerosene, and that did the trick.  And them bish bash BOOM! on it goes…. more on saturday.

dust to dust

It’s a dusty old time now on the good ship seahorse.  The bilges have been angle-grinded down by Pat and there is much dust to be found.  This is good- because it means the muck has dried and the boat is therefore dry.  But it is a very dusty time.  Pat came home from angle-grinding and I didn’t go.