Why is this page here and not on the WOA website?Recently the Westsail Owners' Association website was moved to a new server that would allow the site to be more easily updated and maintained. While the basic content was successfuly transferred into the new site, a new Forum was started from scratch and the old Forum was converted to a collection of 41 PDF documents.
Most of the Westsails are somewhere around 35 years old. They were well-built boats and most of the boats that were built are still sailing today... many half way 'round the world. But like all classic sailboats, they will all have problems over time, and most of the problems are relatively similar from boat to boat. There's a fair degree of likelihood that any problem that might come up has already been tackled by another owner. It's also fairly likely that the solution is buried somewhere in the archives of the Forum.
Long ago, I started downloading and archiving the entire Westsail.org website, with periodic refreshes. I did this mainly because I wanted a localized version of the site that I could access while cruising remote corners of the world, with limited access to the Internet. Perhaps the biggest benefit, however, has been the major improvement in my ability to search more than 11,000 posts efficiently.
It's likely that the old forum data could have been integrated with the new application, creating one contiguous and searchable source of information. But this would have required substantial programming and data manipulation and the decision was made by the WOA to take the current course. I therefore created this application as a means to preserve the seven years worth of resources that I consider to be incredibly valuable information for current and future Westsail owners. I hope you find it as useful as I have.
1975 Westsail 32, Hull #438
Thread: "Oily Bilge Water Staining"
12,268 posts on 2,444 threads • From Mar 07, 2004 - Jan 08, 2012
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Oily Bilge Water Staining
Tom and Barb Koehl
I'm restoring a W32 that was neglected for years and at one time the main hatch was left open for an extended time and the bilges filled to 3" above the cabin sole with rainwater mixed with diesel fuel (leaking fuel steel fuel tank). We've scrubbed the bilges and the cabin sole and wiped down the plywood interior panels with Simple Green, but the wood is pretty well impregnated with oil. We intended to paint much of the paneling white and limit the teak to the trim, cabinet & cupboard doors, and drawer faces, but we're sure that paint will not adhere to any oily wood surfaces. Any ideas as to how best to prepare the wood for paint? I really hate to cut out the plywood as it's still sound. My only thoughts were to apply a thin "baseboard" over the stained areas, but we're concerned about the diesel fuel odors.
Have you tried a two part teak cleaner such as TE KA. It's pretty harsh stuff but since your planning to paint it shouldn't be a problem. You might also try trisodium phosphate. It works really well on greasy wood surfaces.
Tom and Barb Koehl
Tom, Thanks for the suggestions. A customer also suggested "floor dry", the shop oil absorbent - he claims it took a gallon gas spill out of his family room carpet, just took a week. I'll try all three methods on the old bulge cover boards and give a report as to what works best.