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09-28-2013 02:11 PM
GabriellaElder
Re: Ten Tips for Clean and Green Boating

I invest lots of time on my uncle's motor boat. We use oil only absorbing shields to fresh up the unpleasant oil that builds up under the energy guiding and that very sometimes leaking from the 2-stroke outboard, i didn't think this will sort it out.
05-22-2011 06:25 PM
DaveZ I have been a mechanic for over 30 years. The only way I have ever known to get rid of waste oil is to clean it up and dispose of it properly.
The residue from fuel/oil may eventually break down smaller or end up on shore somewhere but even if you can no longer see it,it is still there.

Seems a lot of our environmental problems come from people thinking they have caused no harm because nobody can see what they have done.
03-18-2011 05:48 AM
centaursailor Bang on, every tip and comment has to be benificial.
EF sailing.
03-19-2010 09:25 PM
dreamsofsailing
Hurt My Mother And Ill Hurt You

TRASH IS THE WORST PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DONT THROUGH YOUR PLASTIC and cig buts, none of that stuff even compares to plastics (even though its all petroleum and everything that exists is technically natural) ,,, yeah adding soap to petrol spills to make it LOOK LIKE it went away is feckin retarded its just adding soap to the sea as well...
~THANKS FOR THE POST~
03-18-2010 05:35 PM
Fstbttms It's all about surface area when it comes to evaproration. A 55-gallon drum of oil with one end open to the air has very little surface area. But pour that drum out into a marina and it has lots.
03-18-2010 03:26 PM
sandcruiser Interesting. I did not know that.

Oil takes a long time to evaporate in warm conditions- I have a drum that is not sealed, sitting in my garage for nearly 3 months.... still quite full of oil

I have no concept of how long it might take to stop harming the environment if dissolved w/ soap.... so I'm not disputing your claim.

Either way, I think that we can both agree that the key is to keep it out of the water in the first place!
03-18-2010 10:59 AM
Fstbttms Wrong. Any of those will evaporate from the surface LONG before it stops harming the environment if brought to the bottom by detergent.
03-18-2010 10:30 AM
sandcruiser oil/diesel isn't likely to evaporate any time soon... gas might
03-18-2010 10:30 AM
sandcruiser soap or other dispersal agents don't really get rid of the oil/fuel, they just break it up into smaller particles
03-18-2010 10:29 AM
Fstbttms The reason you DO NOT put detergent on an oil or fuel spill is that the detergent atttaches to the oil and then sinks, bringing the oil to the bottom, where it stays for a long time, affecting the flora and fauna on the seabed. If you merely let the spill float at the surface (hopefully in a contained area) it will evaporate in the atmosphere, doing much less harm.
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