Diapers

A dry diaper

A dry diaper

There’s been an unreasonable number of under floor plumping leaks on Wanderlust. Consequentially, we’ve had clean antifreeze, water, diesel, and sewage from the bilge several times. For sure, it’s no fun and we are not happy with the builder. There is a trick that we learned from other barge owners that really helps, baby diapers.

A modern diaper (or “nappy” if you are British) contains a superabsorbent polymer capable of sopping up 30 to 60 times its volume in liquid. Diapers can absorb nearly a liter of water. On a boat diapers are very useful for getting a lot of water out tight places.

I just have one question: Why would a baby need a diaper that can absorb 5% to 10% of its body weight?

A saturated baby diaper sits in one of the several tubs of waste water that we removed from Wanderlust's bilge.

A saturated baby diaper sits in one of the several tubs of waste water that we removed from Wanderlust’s bilge.

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5 thoughts on “Diapers

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  2. Say 3 ml/kg/h (upper range for pediatric), a 10 kg baby (about a year old); a good overnight sleeper (10 h) = 300 mL.
    I must say they seem heavier though. Too bad about the leaks, I’d hate to have to get to the bilges in ‘Catharina’.

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