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Old 10-05-2016, 08:44 PM   #21
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Have a bucket and soap and brush handy and start washing the hull when your leaking out a sheen and a LEO is around.
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Old 10-05-2016, 11:56 PM   #22
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I have two 453 detroits and know nothing if Perkins. I also have a bit of sheen at idle normally especially when cold. This year my sheen transitioned to a slick. Bad fuel cooler. $200 part with a shelf life. Worth a check.
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Old 10-06-2016, 02:11 AM   #23
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Just a question about the 'no detergent' policy - when I fill up I always have a pump-pressure sprayer full of CT18 bilge cleaner and water. Occasionally I'll get a fuuel surge back up the filler pipe and spray a bit of diesel around my boat and into the water. Are you saying I'd be acting illegally in the USA if I sprayed a quick spurt onto the diesel? How are you supposed to clean a gunnel etc in this situation?
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Just a question about the 'no detergent' policy - when I fill up I always have a pump-pressure sprayer full of CT18 bilge cleaner and water. Occasionally I'll get a fuuel surge back up the filler pipe and spray a bit of diesel around my boat and into the water. Are you saying I'd be acting illegally in the USA if I sprayed a quick spurt onto the diesel? How are you supposed to clean a gunnel etc in this situation?
I suppose you are supposed to call the USCG immediately, not use any soaps, wipe up any oil not in the water with rags, setup an oil containment float boom device around the entire boat, put into the water oil absorption sheets, wait for the hazmat team of investigators, you may be issued a citation and fine, apologize profusely, be extremely cooperative because you have committed a crime..

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Old 10-06-2016, 06:26 AM   #25
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You can use the soap to clean the boat, just not to intentionally disperse the sheen.

Obviously the soap in the water will disperse a small amount...it would be a judgement call of the officer.

That's why I posted that most small spills, under 100 gallons of gas, diesel, light oils usually are only investigated by local guys. The work on the water and realize how common and easy it is to have a "burp", exhaust sheen, etc..... It would be rare for them to do much unless you are acting in a manner to upset them....like hiding something more than trying g to clean it up.

Plus for gas and diesel....it is better to leave iton the surface as a sheen than mix it with a dispersanr that can allow it to sink and become entrained in the water column.
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Old 10-06-2016, 07:29 AM   #26
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it is better to leave iton the surface as a sheen than mix it with a dispersanr that can allow it to sink and become entrained in the water column.
Really?! - I did not know that. Interesting.
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Old 10-08-2016, 06:20 AM   #27
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Eventually the environmental bacteria consume all oils and they are gone. There are many natural oil seeps spewing out a lot of oil in the Gulf of Mexico.
Natural Oil Seeps : Oil in the Ocean
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My T6.354 also puts out a sheen when not at operating temperature. Prior owner told me that if it's bad it could be a symptom of injectors needing rebuild. I mostly don't worry about it as it is currently light and primarily when cold.
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Old 10-08-2016, 12:40 PM   #29
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When I had a Perkins there was always fuel in the exhaust stream. Shut the engines down in the locks.


THat would be my solution.
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