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Old 06-15-2019, 06:26 PM
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I spent 3 hours today working on a bilge designed for leprechauns.

I got the rule pump loose and planned to reuse the red base. Well sadly I bumped the float causing the pump to turn on and jackhammer one of the base tabs breaking it off. Dont lecture me about disconnecting the battery, I know, just lazy. The next 45 minutes can best be described as hot yoga filled with vulgarity.
The red circle, not to be confused with the entrance to hell, is where the pump is, under the generator and between two cummins diesels.


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Curious as to the tight spaces others have found themselves in when working on their own leprechaun designed boats.
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Old 06-15-2019, 06:29 PM
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Had a McKee craft Pulse 1800. Bilge was 8 gallons. And had 20 gallons of equipment in it. Which was only accessible by sticking your head in there upside down with your ribs resting on the rod stern holders.
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Old 06-15-2019, 06:32 PM
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Had a McKee craft Pulse 1800. Bilge was 8 gallons. And had 20 gallons of equipment in it. Which was only accessible by sticking your head in there upside down with your ribs resting on the rod stern holders.
Took you 15 mins, right?
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Took you 15 mins, right?
Absolutely. To remember to go find the damn sliced pool noodle I had made to go over the rod holders. Ended up with a lot of those over the 11 years I owned it.
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Old 06-15-2019, 06:38 PM
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Maybe we can get a class action lawsuits on boats with shitty access to important areas.
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Old 06-15-2019, 06:42 PM
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I call it boat yoga
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Old 06-15-2019, 07:08 PM
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Originally Posted by bhfishing7 View Post
Maybe we can get a class action lawsuits on boats with shitty access to important areas.
How about don't buy one in the first place?

For me at least, ergonomics is way up the list of issues to consider. A good way to evaluate it is to consider having to get to an important thing while rolling around offshore...
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Small children are handy in those situations
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capt: you had it easy. You could actually see it
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I want minions. One with 2 eyes and the other with 1 big one. After the work I'll get them trashed and buy hookers for them because they would be too handy not to be kept happy.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post


Absolutely. To remember to go find the damn sliced pool noodle I had made to go over the rod holders. Ended up with a lot of those over the 11 years I owned it.
Excellent idea, I have a 2" rim around my inboard compartment and usually use a piece of plywood when I'm leaning over it
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Originally Posted by Vollymall View Post
Small children are handy in those situations
I use my 7 year old bilge monkey.
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I had to be removed from a meeting when an engineer designed an air conditioning raw water pump placement under a generator. Zero access without pulling the generator.
I lost my sh$t.
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Old 06-16-2019, 01:19 AM
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Did you take the opportunity to move it to a much better location?
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Owned a sport fish that had a separated generator compartment in the cockpit. Crawled in to do an impeller change and could not get out. Nobody around either. Totally freaked me out. Heart racing, profuse sweats. After 10 mins, I collected myself, realized that if I could squeeze in I could squeeze out and after 30 minutes of wriggling in reverse I got out. Tight spaces make me nervous since.
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Originally Posted by Vollymall View Post
Small children are handy in those situations
My Dad used to hold me by the feet to pick up tools and other random stuff he dropped in the bilge . At a young age I learned a lot about motors and word combinations.
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My Dad used to hold me by the feet to pick up tools and other random stuff he dropped in the bilge . At a young age I learned a lot about motors and word combinations.
Theres a little skinny guy down the street. Ugly feet. Can't drive a boat for Chit but great for retrieving things in the aft bilge.
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Y’all need to come hang out with me for a few days and learn some tricks.
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I helped rescue an elderly gentleman years ago who was trapped head first down between his two engines for about two hours before I heard muffled screams and walked around my marina to investigate. Still took three of us about 30 minutes to get him out and he suffered cuts and bruises from the hose clamps etc.
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There actually has been an evolution on this matter. Consoles have been evolving. Some clamshell or they are putting hatches on the front so you can access wiring and the like. One of the reasons why I bought my Sportsman. They abandoned the two outboard seats and went to a bench in the center to facilitate bilge access.
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