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Old 09-02-2014, 08:00 PM   #11
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I thought about that when I read your post. I would say keep it open.

That area is below the forward bilge, so if it were to fill with water for some reason, there is no where for it to go. If it were above the forward bilge, then maybe, because it can drain to and be pumped from there.

Although, if you sealed it, filled the space with foam, and then glassed in a new floor.... That might work!
I would normally agree with but, the old floor was glassed in and there was no way for any water to get down into that part. Unless the table insert hole allowed water to go through? My table holder had been removed by the PO. Anyone care to comment on this?
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Looks like we are in exactly the same boat (pun intended). Someone did a repair before. I don't think duct tape is factory equipment.

Now that I have it open, I'm thinking like you, no real reason for that little compartment. I'm also leaning towards glassing it in and sealing it off from the aft bilge. The compartment would only hold 6-8" of water in an emergency situation.

I'd like to hear other people's thoughts as well.
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Dang that looks about as good as mine
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Yea, almost hard to tell our pictures apart.
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Dang that looks about as good as mine

so, PGP, what did you decide?

I am leaning towards leaving it open, just because it is a safety issue. There is no other way to remove water from the aft stateroom without that connection to the aft bilge. I am going to be cutting my new floor pieces this weekend from 3/4" plywood. Its going to have to be 2 pieces, since you can't get one full size piece down in to the hole. I am debating on caulking it in vs. Glassing it in, so that it is removable should there be an issue in the future.
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I have sealed mine and will be cutting a new floor soon. If the floor is sealed in then a hole is useless.......
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I cut mine last night. 27" x36". I didn't have one piece big enough, so I did 2 27x18. The supports for the bed limit how wide of a piece you can get in there. I used 3/4" plywood, and am going to resin it, so that should be a solid floor.



That left about an inch gap on either side, so I am going to have to do some filler strips when I glass it in.
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Sounds good. I will get to mine soon. I am still trying to figure out how to get my fuel flow meters from the engine room to the dash.....
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Have fun!

Maybe determ the blower wires and use them to pull a string and the wires up, then use the string to pull the blower wires back down.

I'm starting to think about adding a blower switch in the electrical panel. That's going to be fun pulling wire from the helm to the panel.
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