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Are you in the GULF please talk to us!!

On another discussion board called world cruising, the current thread is someone trying to find out about the oil spill. As Cruisers who have to transverse the gulf from FLA TO MEXICO or south. What do we need to know.
Anyone have information on how this oil will affect our boats, the hull, the sails, the lines and the decking. Also how will it affect us cruising from one side to another considering the engine and other systems.
I have read blogs on how to clean oil from sails, and hulls, but cruisers who want to move from mexico to florida for the next winter season, are stuck
and dont have information they need to know to get across
We dont want to know the enviormental impact, or the amount of oil in the water or the other stats
We want to know as full time cruisers, who live on our boats and the water is our home, how to we navigate around the spill, how will it affect our boats
any health issues crossing any oil, will you get sick, any thing anyone can tell us about the situation, people who are in the gulf, other cruisers or people in the know

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Be aware that the oil will damage systems on boats... do not motor if you are in oil affected waters.

For instance, the oil will damage the hoses and impeller in your engine's cooling system. It will damage hoses in your head and the seals in the pumps and head. It will destroy the RO membrane if you have a watermaker.

It can damage the gelcoat. It can damage the bottom paint. Many of the crews dealing with it are using special respirators to deal with the fumes—which can include carcinogens like Benzene.

Any oil that gets on your deck will damage teak... have you ever tried finishing your woodwork with crude oil???

If you're in the area affected by the oil coming ashore, you're best bet is to haul your boat.

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There are lots of maps tracking the extremities of the spill online among which is NOAA's and most are updated daily and include predictions as well. In itself, this should provide anyone making the crossing with sufficient info to stay clear of the effected area.

From my perspective in Tampa Bay, this is a somewhat localized problem as it doesn't have any impact where we are and likely may not in the future so it depends on your specific route(s).
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Unfortunately, the maps tracking the extremities will miss leakers... and running into one of those can ruin your day.

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Thanks sailing dog, I will pass it on to my friend who is in mexico, trying to get to fla..
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Nothing down here in the Keys yet.

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Haven't been out in the Gulf since the oil arrived near Pensacola, as they have been making it hard to leave the bay.

If nothing else, I would say the fumes would be an issue as we can smell them 30 miles inland if the winds are right. Can't imagine sailing through it.

If you pass by the Horizon, moor up and help them out. They could use another brain out there.

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You're assuming HORIZON has a brain out there, which isn't too evident.

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Haven't been out in the Gulf since the oil arrived near Pensacola, as they have been making it hard to leave the bay.

If nothing else, I would say the fumes would be an issue as we can smell them 30 miles inland if the winds are right. Can't imagine sailing through it.

If you pass by the Horizon, moor up and help them out. They could use another brain out there.

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The news reported he goverment reviewed & approved bp latest fix,scary.marc
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