Bilge Blowers & Ventilation
Making sure your bilge blower is operating properly is very important, Bilge blowers are available in 3 and 4 inch size, and are designed to remove the dangerous fuel vapors from the engine compartment and fuel tank area. The basic setup for the boat would be to have the cowl or side vents on opposite sides of the boat one facing forward the other aft. Blower hose should be attached to these vents and lowered into the bilge. The hose for the vent facing forward will have nothing attached. It’s designed as the boat is moving forward to scoop and push the air into the bilge. The side with the vent facing backwards is the side that the bilge blower will be attached to. Many installations will has a hose on each end of the blower allowing more options as were to place the blower. When replacing a bilge blower or the vents make sure the air flow is in the proper direction otherwise the bilge will not vent properly. Safety comes first when dealing with gas vapors if in doubt consult and expert, and please remember always run your blower for 5 minutes before starting your engine.