Here’s a neat idea from reader Chip Lawson, who is doing a massive refit (almost a total rebuild it seems) of his Pearson 40.
Below one of the teak grates in his cabin sole, he fitted a small removable pan – a dust pan, that is. He can sweep dust, dirt and sand just into the grate and it falls into the pan, which he periodically empties.
An added bonus, that Chip didn’t mention, was that we always had to keep a small rug over the grate on Que Tal, so that small items wouldn’t fall into the bilge. Pens were bad enough, but anything metal would rust and AA batteries would cause real problems between water in the bilge and a stainless water tank. A dust pan under the grate would equally catch anything that fell.
When you need access to the bilge, all you have to do is remove the dust pan – just as if you were emptying it – and you can get to whatever you need to.
And while Chip has built in the dust pan, he made a point of noting that the old teak and holly sole in the photos is going to be replaced.
While Chip didn’t give directions for exactly how he made his, it looks like he simply found a shallow pan that was just smaller than the grate, and attached angle brackets to two of the sides, which catch on the “ledges” that the grate sits on. He probably had to sand/route away a bit of the underrside of the grate so that it would still sit level with the sole. See photos below of the dustbin and with the grate in place.