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    Posted: 05 February 2018 at 08:42
Hello

did anyone have Problems with mildew or other stuff growing inside the boat, especially inside the hard-to-Reach Areas below the bilge between hull and the inner structure?

There was some drinking water inside this structure and coming on Board yesterday, I realized some slight smell; Not too much, not any aggressive, like a mix of Glass-Resin and this typical „old boat“ smell.

I would like to completely clean this area, but since Access is only possible through Those Tiny Holes in the bilge‘s compartments, I have no idea how to do this.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fendant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 February 2018 at 10:59
Hello Cintra,
not clear what you mean, assuming that your 342 is build like the 345/385 series.
Do you mean the spaces inside the transversal and longitudinal stringers? These stringers have several holes about 30mm in dia. Water trapped inside the stringers stays there, Overflow is then found in the bilge compartments, visible after you have opened the floor boards.
 
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Yes this is exactly what I mean. Do you know any method how to clean this areas once the water (only a few drops probably) has been pumped out? I really mean "clean"... 

Always (only twice, thank god) I find water in this area, the boat smells a bit when entering the cabin. This disappears once this area is completely dry again. 
    
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Ciao Cintra,
I would use an electric stove turned on at most, and a dehumifier that collects the evaporated water .... naturally completely closed boat, and the bilge panels free
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I am using a oil change hand pump to remove the water in the stringer. I remember one thread here in the forum, where a vacuum cleaner was used and then a hairdryer.
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On my 311 I cut the hose just before the shower pump & fitted a Hoselock straight connector.
I have a 10 ft length of pipe with another Hoseslock fitting which I can then connect to the shower line. This means that I have a wandering pump hose. I can re connect the shower when finished. I also have a piece of 6mm copper pipe & a gas pipe fitting which just pops into the end of the hose so if I want to "hoover" up very small quantities of water I can. I can poke the piece of copper pipe into quite small areas & being on a long hose it can reach almost all the places where water collects.
I have drilled a 6.5mm hole in the floor in front of the steps where the bilge is deepest ( the hole is on the veneer line so does not show) I can poke the hose in & clean any small collections of water without lifting the floor.
It is also very handy for jobs such as changing the water in the engine etc or when draining down at the end of season if water spills under the engine or if the vacuum valve leaks


Edited by samuel - 06 February 2018 at 08:38
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