I put a little bit of petrol in my fresh water tank... - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest Forums > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 
  #1  
Old 11-12-2009
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 6
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
charisma94 is on a distinguished road
I put a little bit of petrol in my fresh water tank...

We lent our boat to my brother... while doing the right thing a gassing the boat up after using, he put maybe a gallon of petrol in our fresh water tank. After removing liquid and washing inside of the tank with detergent & then flushing out... Any tips on cleaning so we wont get the pertol taste???
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 11-12-2009
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 4,192
Thanks: 50
Thanked 37 Times in 36 Posts
Rep Power: 14
knothead has a spectacular aura about knothead has a spectacular aura about knothead has a spectacular aura about
Quote:
Originally Posted by charisma94 View Post
We lent our boat to my brother... while doing the right thing a gassing the boat up after using, he put maybe a gallon of petrol in our fresh water tank. After removing liquid and washing inside of the tank with detergent & then flushing out... Any tips on cleaning so we wont get the pertol taste???
If you have an access plate, I would suggest that after you do what you suggest above, you then drain and dry the tank. Then crumple up balls of newspaper and fill the tank through the access hole. Close it up for a month or more and then remove the newspaper balls.
Rinse it out and fill it up. You should be good to go.

This really does work. I once restored a plastic ice chest that some fish was left to rot in. It was horrible. After the newspaper thing, there was absolutely no smell.

But if you need to use the tank next week, you may have to just wash it and rinse it repeatedly until the smell is gone.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 11-12-2009
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 7
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
JProcter is on a distinguished road
Use anhydrous isopropyl alcohol, a couple of consumer sized bottles. Widely available, cheap and has great solubility (oretty close to miscible) for diesel and water.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 11-12-2009
pdqaltair's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Deale, MD
Posts: 1,942
Thanks: 1
Thanked 12 Times in 12 Posts
Rep Power: 6
pdqaltair is on a distinguished road
ventilate ALL winter.

Quote:
Originally Posted by JProcter View Post
Use anhydrous isopropyl alcohol, a couple of consumer sized bottles. Widely available, cheap and has great solubility (oretty close to miscible) for diesel and water.
A friend of mine did that last year. I addition to some of the above steps, which all helped, he left an aquarium air pump running for months. That did it. Of course, he had a trailer boat. That would not be permitted at most land storage areas if you need to plug-in to run it. Something solar powered?
__________________
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")

"Well, I just climb up to them."

by Joe Brown, English rock climber




To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 11-12-2009
sailingdog's Avatar
Telstar 28
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,291
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Rep Power: 13
sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice
if you do this, flush the system well, as isopropyl alcohol is toxic. using several bottles of cheap vodka might be a better, wiser, safer solution.

Quote:
Originally Posted by JProcter View Post
Use anhydrous isopropyl alcohol, a couple of consumer sized bottles. Widely available, cheap and has great solubility (oretty close to miscible) for diesel and water.
__________________
Sailingdog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Telstar 28
New England

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)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
OI 41 Owners - Water tank help! kcarreiro Morgan 1 11-03-2009 03:32 AM
St. Maartin, St. Barts & Anguilla bbayer4230 Chartering 2 04-23-2006 06:04 PM
'68 M34 Water Tank Fill Hose Question dancrosswis Morgan 0 04-01-2006 02:07 PM
Basic Thoughts on Tides Jim Sexton Seamanship Articles 0 11-17-2003 07:00 PM
fresh water tank maintenance wrguest Gear & Maintenance 1 01-07-2002 11:37 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:38 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012