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Old 04-17-2009, 08:41 AM
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I dock at the end of a canal that gets very little current running through it. Last year there was a lot of oil and sludge and general crap that ended up hovering around the boat and of course creating a nice 6" tall line of black oil marks on the hulls. I believe it is from the commercial fishing boats that dock in the same canal. Since I am at the end and there is virtually no current running by, it comes in with the tide and just builds up. It washed off at haul out but took a little doing and I would love to minimize it this year.

Has anyone heard of installing one or two low pressure water pumps to bring water from the bottom up and have it constantly flowing under the hulls to keep them clean? I would think it is Kind of like the winter bubbler theory I guess but just enough to keep water moving outward and keep the oil slick away.

I will probably have to go solar powered since I rent and do not want to run up the owners electric bill.

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I would probably get an oil absorbant boom and string it across the canal in front of your area to keep that stuff away from your boat.
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John, with two hulls 25' long, it would take a pretty strong series of water jets to do the job; something that would require a heck of a strong solar panel system.

Jags' oil boom suggestion is what I would go with. Easy to deploy and easy to replace. How's your town's sanitation dept's policy on collecting oily sponge, though? Hauling that to a landfill and paying EPA fees wouldn't be fun for you....
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Originally Posted by bamaboy473 View Post

How's your town's sanitation dept's policy on collecting oily sponge, though? Hauling that to a landfill and paying EPA fees wouldn't be fun for you....

I like the boom idea, too. And that is a good point about disposal. Most agencies allow oil to be discarded back into the ground IF it is suspended in a solid such as sawdust or the absorbent material in oil slick booms. There is a limit, I believe it is 6-qts (1-1/2 gals) of oil can be tossed into the garbage as a single unit if the oil is suspended. But definitely check with local authorities so you don't get in trouble with that stuff. Please post back here and let us know what they say.
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I would do nothing to bring attention to the fact that there is oil in the water, lest the EPA come around and blame you for putting it there and try to fine you an obscene amount and bring the federal superfund law down on you.
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I live at the end of a canal and I get that crap from time to time also. Usually when the wind is out of the east. Most of that stuff is not from boats but from the break down of plant and tree material. Its a pain to deal with but I have learned to do just that.

Next time you want to clean it spray a little degreaser on it and it will come right off with one swipe of the brush.

I have experimented with the water pump thing. In a dead end canal it doesn't take much to get the stuff moving away from the boat. But in a dead end where is it going to go. If it builds up pretty thick the water jet will just be pushing the slime around. The other problem with the pump is the constant clogging of the intake with trash. If you put a sea strainer you are constantly cleaning that.
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I like the boom idea. Disposal will be an issue and there is no way for me to hide it. The slip is directly across from the towns most popular restaurant for the locals. I am sure it would get noticed if I had a boom out there.

I was also thinking the pumps would get clogged and since I am not there all week will not do me any good if it isnt pumping all week.

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