Originally Posted by tedsherrin
Those of you that quote knowing someone who died of old age who worked on diesels, who quote very old studies, are the same arguments people use for the tobacco industry and even what was said for thirty years about asbestos. Diesel fumes are a well known and accepted carcinogen as defined by the international agency for research
on cancer. FACT! There is no acceptable reason why their should be diesel fumes in a boat. Spend the time and find it.
I have a real hard time with people who use the word FACT or ABSOLUTES to deal with probabilities or a hypothesis.
FACT - Drinking water
kills people. Yes, people die from drinking too much water
. Key. Excessive use of. But you don't see a State of California
warning label on your spigot - YET.
If you have ever worked in research, you would know that someone came up with a hypothesis they wanted to further prove (already biased), then they are funded by someone who also wants the results in favor of the hypothesis.
What you end up with are things that the late great Richard Feynmann always warned about and explained in simplistic terms in Cargo Cult Science. And ironically died of two very rare forms of Cancer that were probably a result of his work on the "bomb."
So, yes. The State of California
and other governmental funded agencies are really big on warning us about things they can control, regulate, tax and fine. They are really bad about warning us about the even worse things they are responsible for like MTBE or the radiation in the water
now off the coast of California.
Reality. Large doses of anything will kill you. Individual acute sensitivities, allergies, etc. change the math as dealing with unknown probabilities.
Smoking does not cause cancer. Smoking large quantities over a long period of time increases the probability that the effects of the known carcinogens will have on the human body. But we now have warning labels that state "Smoking Causes Cancer," instead of the reality we had before that it "May"
Fuels like Diesel and Kerosene, much like cleaning
products like Pine and Bleach are bad for us IF we inhale too much. But at the point they are bad for us is where the body is already telling us the smell is intolerable.
Human beings are not created equal and have different tolerances to different substances and normally attributed to individual deficiencies - or said as succinctly as possible: The man who drinks three 6 packs a night may end up with Liver Disease much faster than the guy who drinks a couple of beers a week, but both work with the same chemicals at a plant. The liver disease was greatly attributed to the alcohol consumption
but the litigious family
was able to file suit, and win, against the plant, even though the plant was only proximate to the cause.
If your boat has a lot of wood in it and you have had a broken hose or spilled filter, etc. You will know that after that fuel
sloshed around in the bilges and wicked into any porous surface, it will be there for years to come adding that salty flavor to your cabin
I don't disagree with your point that if you have a leak, fix it. But I can tell you from real world experience that the effects of a leak are long lasting if you have a lot of wood and there is not a whole lot you can do about it other than a lot of what was already suggested.
I can also tell you from experience that things like a dribble from a injector seal when it is really cold outside because of a manufacture design defect are hard to fix, or the mechanic
who changed your filters and dumped a pint in the bilge
in the process. As stated by someone prior, it creates an annoyance, but less of a health
hazard than say - motoring with following winds blowing all the exhaust
back into the boat. Or about a million other things that increased the probabilities that day that my life would end.