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Mainly time... and not much else will get rid of the diesel smell. It might be worth trying to rinse the sails and such with rubbing alcohol, which will act as a solvent to the diesel, and might help remove it from the cloth. However, you need to check to see if alcohol will attack the resins used in stiffening the sailcloth.
Another thing that will help, is going to the local coffee shop and getting 5-10 lbs. of used coffee grounds. Put the coffee grounds in a couple large open containers, like dishpans, and leave them out for a few days. The coffee will help absorb and neutralize any odors on the boat, and when you remove the coffee grounds, there won't be any coffee smell either.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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