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Old 04-03-2020, 08:26 AM
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The sailboat docked beside my bay boat has fuel dripping from the little kicker motor. I’ve told our onsite maintenance guy who also serves as the “dock master”. Basically he empties the trash cans on the docks. Nothing else. I don’t like my boat being bathed in gas. The owner is rarely there when I am. Would I start a war with this guy if I get his contact info and tell him to get this fuel leak fixed? I figure if he gets snotty I could rat him out to the local EP agency. What would you do?
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i would escalate higher up the marina chain! let them handle it with the owner. but stay on top of it with the marina!
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Get a $5 pair of knockoff vice grips from dollar general and clamp the fuel line. Or if it's on a portable tank, unhook the line.
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Shut off the fuel supply....leave a courtesy note...be part of the solution....not the problem
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how small is the motor? does it even have a separate fuel tank or is it internal? agree with above if you can shut off the fuel do so.

I don't think you would start a war if you got his info, and informed he had a leak. maybe even offer to fix it if he is out of town. if you demand he attend to it right away that might get a different response
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Originally Posted by Lprizman View Post
Shut off the fuel supply....leave a courtesy note...be part of the solution....not the problem
Exactly, Help a brother out.
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Originally Posted by Lprizman View Post
Shut off the fuel supply....leave a courtesy note...be part of the solution....not the problem
Yeah in this day of viruses I would have just climbed aboard and cut off the supply. Even if it meant cutting the line sticking something in the hose and clamping it off. That should make a statement....
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Originally Posted by Rolandt03 View Post
i would escalate higher up the marina chain! let them handle it with the owner. but stay on top of it with the marina!
This will be my next step. If that doesnít do it Iíll clamp his fuel line. If gets hot about that Iíll say itís this or EPA. His choice...
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Originally Posted by Rolandt03 View Post
i would escalate higher up the marina chain! let them handle it with the owner. but stay on top of it with the marina!

just to clarify, normaly i would be all for the fix the problem and move on, however not knowing the owner and being in todays crazy world, i dont leave any possible way for someone to blame me for a bunch of nonsense when in reality i was just doing the right thing!
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Scorched earth policy if he allows his rigging to slap in the wind - use a match
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The marina should be environmentally responsible for their tenants.
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Disagree with the idea to clamp his fuel line. Donít board someoneís boat. Send a letter to the marina telling them you will notify the EPA if they do not address the issue within 3 days. Itís the Marinaís job to contact the owner of the vessel that is leaking fuel.

I do think you are being a bit dramatic. You arenít bathing your boat in fuel any more than you normally are. Itís probably a slow drip while it needs to be fixed, you arenít going to spontaneously combust.
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Kicker motor dripping? My v6 black max bleeds oil into the canal when itís tilted up!
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Kicker motor dripping? My v6 black max bleeds oil into the canal when itís tilted up!
hell, all the tampons and other crap Floating in the canal at low tide soaks up the oil! Boats fine. Bottom paint does its job.
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Whenever dealing with a sailboater , always mention money. it gets their attention. Just state on the note. ‘ didn’t what you to get a $10,000.00 fine from DEC. “
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Call the epa.
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How much fuel can a little kicker possibly leak? Let the guy know (nicely) and ask him if heíd like you to unplug the fuel line if itís an external tank.

A little drop of fuel leaves a hell of slick. So does a single drop of gear oil, hydraulic fluid, etc. Are you sure itís coming from his boat?

Or you could call the EPA.
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I can't believe it took 16 post before someone blamed it on a blow boater being cheap.
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Originally Posted by lhpfish185 View Post
Kicker motor dripping? My v6 black max bleeds oil into the canal when itís tilted up!


Fire up an old two stroke and it leaves a slick of unburned oil and keeps all the mosquitos away. Good times.

In all seriousness, a leak from a line on a trim tab can cause a slick that originates 10 boats boats down. Or it could an old Johnson kicker, those effers leave a slick a mile long on a cold start or when you tilt them up after theyíve idled for a while.
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Picture of his wife please

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