Note To Self: Do Not Drop Stuff In The Bilge!

The day before we left St Augustine, I was checking and topping off the oil.  I’m not sure why I did this, but I set the oil fill cap on top of the engine.  Shortly thereafter, I bumped into it and knocked it off the engine!

Fortunately it landed on a wiring harness, but in the process of fishing it off of there, it slipped down into the bilge.  If you remember from this post, the bilge is approximately 3 feet deep and sits directly below the engine.

Pretty much everything important falls into the impossible to reach zone.

Knowing this part could not be retrieved with a magnet this time (it’s plastic), I decided I would just buy another one (and a couple of spares!)  Apparently I have the unicorn of oil fill caps, because it’s practically impossible to find, and if found is about $60 (!!!)  We came up with a makeshift solution that worked for a week or so, but I knew we’d have to do something soon.

The oldest trick in the book – “Aluminum foil oil cap”.

In the end I was able to retrieve it with a simple fishing net, but not without some more awkward positions!

Bilge diving, again.
The elusive oil fill cap!


6 thoughts on “Note To Self: Do Not Drop Stuff In The Bilge!”

  1. Somehow, I feel like I’ve gotten to know another side of you that I never knew before.I see you differently now. Most pics of you are upside down. LOL!

  2. Maybe for the next time you drop the cap in the bilge you could put a screw or something through the top of the cap so it can be easily retrieved with a magnet?

  3. Good job, sailor! I celebrate your victories with you! Love, joy, & peace to your family. Brad

  4. I was thinking you should fashion up something on the cap like some cars have on their gas fill caps so it’ll stay attached. I’m sure there’s a word for it that I just don’t know, but I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. 🙂


    1. That’s a good idea Mike, the cap had one originally and it’s snapped in half. I’ll have to see if I can mock something up.

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