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Ahhh, the joys of boat ownership...

Nothing like the contemplation of where 10 gallons of what looked like crude oil came from in my bilge when the engine only holds five quarts.
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Hmmm...oil mixed something else? Water? Fuel?
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Oh man, that sucks! The good part is, maybe it's a half inch of oil floating on top of ten gallons of water? A shop vac makes quick work of cleaning out a bilge.
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No, this was 10 gallons of OIL! This stuff was thick, black and nasty.
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The source of this "thick, black and nasty" oil, can't be very difficult to determine, even on a larger boat. By cancelling out the engine's crankcase, holding tank and any loose containers which may have rotted, the only other source is the diesel tanks.

Perhaps the bottom rotted out and years of thick sludge buildup had oozed into the bilge.
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You didn't piss off the local automotive repair shop, did you???
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Nah, no telling how long this stuffs been building up as there are four separate, DEEP bilge pockets under the engine that drain very slowly to the main bilge where the pumps are. Ya cant' see the bottoms of the bilge sections either. There was just enough room to get the vacuum hose in them. I'm wondering if the PO was just draining his oil in there when changing it. I've apparently sprung a new leak somewhere and the oil is leaking out fast now. It was full on Thursday and empty yesterday. I would guess this last two gallons was enough to fill the aft bilges and finally cascade down to the pump bilge. There was a small sheen in the slip which I cleaned up by floating diapers on the surface and pushing them around with the boathooks. I was amazed that the diapers didn't sink or absorb water, only oil. While my daughter was cleaning the water outside, I wet vacced the bilges, ALL of them. Now I'm gonna clean them out with a biodegradable solvent and vac that out. I'll have to use a toilet brush beneath the engine though.
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The source of this "thick, black and nasty" oil, can't be very difficult to determine, even on a larger boat. By cancelling out the engine's crankcase, holding tank and any loose containers which may have rotted, the only other source is the diesel tanks.

Perhaps the bottom rotted out and years of thick sludge buildup had oozed into the bilge.
Nah, it's a Monel tank with no leaks.
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Yes, the joy.

My engine is in the center lazerette of my cockpit. No diesel fumes inside, no oil, dust dry bilges.

I might loose the 'pretty boat, nice sheer' contest, but I'll trade for no fuss engine maintenance, fast sailing and dry bilge.

I winterized my engine in 20 minutes, including oil change and coolant flush
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