We just experienced an onboard diesel fuel
leak from the main supply pump
. Fortunately none went overboard
, and I'm actually glad I didn't install an automatic bilge
pump! I estimate we lost
about 20 liters into the boat bilge
So, I pumped all the fuel
into jerry cans and it will go to the local hazardous waste disposal this week. As far as I can tell all the actual liquid fuel has been captured in tanks
or absorbent rag.
Now the problem is the smell. The entire boat
reeks of diesel
fuel. Linens and clothes and cushions
are easy - I hope. A few cycles through the laundry
for clothes and linen should do it. and some upholstery cleaner will hopefully deal with the cushions
I'm looking for suggestions as far as the bilge though. How have others dealt with cleaning
the bilge after an oil
or fuel spill? There is the odd drip here and there too. No matter how careful I tried to be handling tanks
and hoses and stuff - I was constantly having to stop and sop up this drip or that.
God what a nightmare! Again I'm mostly thankful I didn't anoint my marina with oil
... But any advice on the interior cleaning
would be really appreciated.