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Old 01-11-2019, 10:39 AM
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I had just finished a deep clean on my Donzi so Marine Electronics of the Outer Banks could install some new electronics. Bilge clean as a whistle....didn't want to hear from Howard how dirty the boat was.
Stopped at Western Sizzler for lunch and dropped off the boat to Howard. He called me later that afternoon to ask if I had left anything in the boat on purpose.....thinking I must have left something valuable he informs me that a kitten was in the boat. Someone must have dumped it in the boat while I was at lunch.
That was 5 years ago.....Best fluffy cat you could ever ask for.....her name is Donzi
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:44 AM
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A bilge full of oil after blow by pumped it all out of the engine by way of the dipstick due to lousy Mechanical Service.
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:58 AM
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:27 PM
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Started cleaning this boat and when I got to the bilge it was just black from my buddy's dad storing two-stroke oil in there that leaked. Noticed a lot of hoses for such a simple boat, started pulling on them and it turned out to be three 12' long hoses apparently left since the boat was built.
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:02 PM
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True story I found this in the bilge of my BIL's boat he stored in his back yard.

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Old 01-11-2019, 06:52 PM
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My wife (at that time--later traded in for a better boating model)-had lost her diamond engagement ring--we had searched high and low for several days. 2 months later I was working in the bilge, tightening the keel boats (racing sailboat)--and there was the ring!
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Old 01-12-2019, 02:32 AM
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Originally Posted by 101donzi View Post
I had just finished a deep clean on my Donzi so Marine Electronics of the Outer Banks could install some new electronics. Bilge clean as a whistle....didn't want to hear from Howard how dirty the boat was.
Stopped at Western Sizzler for lunch and dropped off the boat to Howard. He called me later that afternoon to ask if I had left anything in the boat on purpose.....thinking I must have left something valuable he informs me that a kitten was in the boat. Someone must have dumped it in the boat while I was at lunch.
That was 5 years ago.....Best fluffy cat you could ever ask for.....her name is Donzi
Awwwwwwwwwwwww -- pics of cat!
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Old 01-12-2019, 04:31 AM
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I just replaced the fuel tank in my almost 30 year old Hydra Sports. The tank is under a hatch that is screwed and caulked down. I lift out the old tank and there is a small key laying in the bilge. It fit the locking latch on my overhead electronics box. I have NO idea how it could have found its way under there.
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Old 01-12-2019, 06:47 AM
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Dadís boat.....Lake Texoma circa 1999. On vacation he would leave the boat in the water over night. Get in the boat one morning and start heading out to the fishing grounds in some chop. Iím half asleep when something skirts across my foot. I assume it was trash blowing around. Nope, itís a snake. I jump and scream like a girl. Dad pulls back the throttles and the snake immediately goes back into the bilge area. We are practically standing on the gunnels trying to figure out what to do in an 18ft open fishing boat a mile from the marina.

Every time we would run the boat 100 yards the jarring would piss that snake off and he would come out mad as hell. We finally get back to the marina and tried fuming it out and everything else you can imagine.

finally after a few hours we rigged a makeshift gaff on a willow branch with a large treble hook. Dad took off across the water and in one fluid motion I gaffed and launched the snake into the lake.



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Old 01-12-2019, 09:08 AM
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"Dead F-ing Kittens!"

1984 Ski Natique 2001, out getting ready when a guy walks up to me and asks if this is my boat. Why? I ask.. He goes on the longest craziest rant you ever heard about how he climbed up under the bow for me last week to clean out all the dead F-king kittens up there stinking up the storage uard!. I guess a stray got in there and had a stillborn litter.
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:35 AM
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Not my boat but a buddy from work was restoring a 32’ bay liner, go figure. Anyhow working in the engine bay he found an old disc grinder. Unfortunately a harbor freight disc grinder, which kinda fits if you think about it...
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Old 01-13-2019, 09:06 AM
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When I bought the boat new in 1986, I found a beautiful set of wood-carving tools in a 35' CT Sundeck trawler, The tools were left under the aft berth, in the bilges while the boat was being built overseas.... I hope the person that left them there did not get in to trouble for leaving them there.
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:02 AM
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On an old 20ft grady I had just bought I was reaching into a porthole to run some wiring and there was a pile of dead crabs and fish carcasses. Didn't smell like dead seafood much but smelled strongly of urine.

I must have pulled out a half dozen crabs, a whole Cabazon and misc body parts of other animals. Other parts of the bilge had more of the same. I figure an otter had made its home in there at some point.
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:42 AM
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A cellphone I lost a few month earlier. Propably lost it when doing some previous boat work.
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Old 01-13-2019, 02:01 PM
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I kept hearing something thumping in the bilge in rough seas. I looked in the bilge and saw nothing. The noise continued and eventually curiosity got the better of me and I used a video scope to look. As far forward as possible under the bilge shelf and half in the limber hole was an air die grinder. Boat was brand new so someone at the factory left it in there.
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Old 01-13-2019, 03:40 PM
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The missing "d" that many people use in spelling "bilge."
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Old 01-13-2019, 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by White Bear View Post
The missing "d" that many people use in spelling "bilge."
Da bilge ?
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Old 01-13-2019, 03:59 PM
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Wasn't in the bilge, but my BIL worked at a marina here in the Keys a few years ago. An elderly couple put their boat on the hard and stayed in it. A week or so went by and no one had seen or heard from them. Sure enough, he was sent to investigate and found them dead in their cabin. He said the sight and smell he'll never forget. The marina assumes their generator leaked and they died of bad ventilation.

Hasn't happened to me, but Contender is famous for leaving things in their hulls. I know of neighbors who have found beer cans, t shirts, and all sorts of things when having work done on theirs.

My boat was bought used from a guy in Ocean Reef. When I went to replace the fuel filter, I found one of the plastic Ocean Reef cups in the bilge.
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Old 01-13-2019, 05:49 PM
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Not my boat but a friends running new fuel line and steering lines, a GIANT MUSHROOM growing out of stringer.
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:59 PM
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Originally Posted by StihlTree View Post
Not my boat but a friends running new fuel line and steering lines, a GIANT MUSHROOM growing out of stringer.
Ouch! Sinking feeling in the gut there.
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