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Re: oil in bilge

I'd start with a shop vac to get as much oil out as possible and then a combination of soap, water, scrubbing, and vacuuming until clean.

I'd insert some snide comment about boarding and the coast guard, but I'll resist
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Re: oil in bilge

The powder that consists of dried, dormant bacteria that come to life in water and eat the oil work better and faster than you can believe. West Marine usually doesn't carry them in jars but you can buy oil absorbent pads with the bugs inside and either use as is or cut them open and sprinkle the power around which I have found works well.
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Re: oil in bilge

Auto parts supply houses have a product called Oil Eater, this stuff works great, it's similar to what Mr. Long just posted but in liquid form, little micro-bacs eat the oil then eat themselves.

I helped a friend who blew a line and filled his bilge with oil, I hand pumped (6) 5 gal buckets of nasty a$$ bilge water out of his boat, pour Oil Eater on top, covered them and two days later was able to skim the surface oil off with paper towels, what was left was clean enough to dump back in the bay but, NOT, it went down the toilet in stead

This stuff is safe for our watery environment
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Re: oil in bilge

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The powder that consists of dried, dormant bacteria that come to life in water and eat the oil work better and faster than you can believe. West Marine usually doesn't carry them in jars but you can buy oil absorbent pads with the bugs inside and either use as is or cut them open and sprinkle the power around which I have found works well.
I usually use the 3M pads, but I was persuaded one day by a sales guy who had run out of stock of them to try the "oil eating bacteria" version. It came in a similar pillow format and, I guess the bottom part of it that was actually submerged kind of worked but the rest turned into a slimy-looking mess so I chucked the thing away in the end..

If only I'd seen your post 6 months ago I could have ripped open the bag, scattered the contents and it might have worked fine!! The stuff you learn on Sailnet...
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