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aswinter05
08-06-2012, 01:48 PM
I've only had my Prostar for less than a month and I've NEVER owned an inboard so bare with me. Every now and then I've had to bilge out after a rain when the boat is parked at the lake (hoping to avoid doing this once the new cover arrives).

The water that bilges out contains a bit of oil or "gas fumes". I can see a light film on the water when it pours into the lake.

I try my best to let the engine compartment air-out after skiing, etc. I've been told by people at the pier with years of boating experience than I shouldn't be concerned. They say that every engine will produce some residue that mixes with the bilge water.

I wanted to ask my fellow Team Talkers if this is indeed "normal" or if I have a potential engine leak. Once again, the oily film isn't "heavy". To me it seems light and an average boater might not even notice it.

Thanks for your help!

thatsmrmastercraft
08-06-2012, 01:53 PM
Sounds like you aren't doing your due diligence in washing and waxing your bilge before every run.:rolleyes:

Seriously, sounds normal to me. If you have a mind to, next time it is on the trailer, leave the plug in with 5 gallons of water and a couple squirts of dish washing liquid. Drive around for a bit, then drain and rinse.

mikeg205
08-06-2012, 04:29 PM
+1 on the bilge care... http://www.cool-smileys.com/images/Tongue-out-smiley.jpg (http://www.cool-smileys.com/the-funny-guy-smiley)

I always spray in a bit of concentrated simple green in my bilge and rinse it out in the drive way every few weeks. http://www.cool-smileys.com/images/angel16.gif (http://www.cool-smileys.com/the-religious-angel-smiley)

Even with that - there's always a bit of residue in the bilge - hence the blower

gatorguy
08-06-2012, 04:43 PM
Even with that - there's always a bit of residue in the bilge - hence the blower

Here is a new reason to run the blower. I guess some blowers also clean the residue out of the bilge. I feel cheated, mine only blows out the air and vapor in the bildge. :D

Cloaked
08-06-2012, 05:29 PM
...... They say that every engine will produce some residue that mixes with the bilge water.........
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GoneBoatN
08-06-2012, 06:18 PM
At the lakes around here they have free bilge pads. They supposedly absorb the oil but not the water. I don't get enough water in the bilge to be able to attest to this but it may be worth a try.

aswinter05
08-06-2012, 06:37 PM
Just as long as I know my engine isn't leaking something it shouldn't :) Thank you guys. I'll definitely utilize the cleaning advice. She's sitting at the top of the hill by the lake so I should be able to rinse the bilge out with some soapy water this weekend.

Never heard of those bilge pads but I will definitely keep my eyes open.

mikeg205
08-06-2012, 06:51 PM
Here is a new reason to run the blower. I guess some blowers also clean the residue out of the bilge. I feel cheated, mine only blows out the air and vapor in the bildge. :D

almost got me on that...hmmmm...vapors condense and stick to stuff like the bilge? :rolleyes: http://www.cool-smileys.com/images/2077.gif (http://www.cool-smileys.com/confused-smiley-big-eyebrows)

just sayin'