Preventing Spills On My Boat
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- Prevent oil from entering your bilge water by doing periodic maintenance. Make sure that all fuel lines, hoses, and gaskets are in good condition and don’t leak!
- Putting an oil absorbent pad in your bilge can act as a low-tech oily water separator. The pad will absorb oil before it is pumped overboard. Change the pad frequently and always dispose of it at a proper facility.
- Install a filtration system to remove oil from bilge water before pumping overboard.
- Make sure to recycle your oil properly.
Engines and Gas Tanks Tips:
- Keep your engine well tuned.
- Periodically inspect fuel lines, hoses, seals, and connections for leaks or broken parts.
- Fill your fuel tanks just before leaving on a trip to reduce spillage due to thermal expansion and rocking.
- When fueling, go slowly at the start and end of fueling.
- Stay with your craft during fueling.
- Fill your engine or gas tank carefully! Know your tank’s capacity and don’t overfill it.
- Leave room in your tank for fuel expansion, especially in warm weather.
- Never transfer fuel from tank to tank while on the water. Make sure your reserve tank can connect directly to your engine.
- Keep an oil absorbent pad or drip tray under your engine to catch stray drops or leaks.
An Off-Season Tip:
- When you’re done with the boat for the season, leave your fuel tanks full and add stabilizer. This protects your engine and won’t leave you with bad fuel to dispose of later.