Green Boating Tips

Many fluids such as oil, fuel and antifreeze collect in the bilge and are then pumped overboard, most commonly by automatic pumps. Bilge cleaners, degreasers and soaps - even when biodegradable – can increase harmful effects, often spreading the pollution over a greater volume of water, harming greater numbers of marine life.


Keeping it Clean:

  • Don't pump oily bilge water overboard. If it discolours surface water, it is pollution. This is a criminal offence! Large amounts of fuel or oil in the bilge must be pumped into a closed container and properly disposed of. Ask your marina or marine mechanic for advice.
  • Chronic fuel or oil in the bilge indicates a leak. Check all fittings.
  • To clean the bilge, pump out uncontaminated water and then wipe out using an EcoLogo cleaner. Don't flush bilges with cleaners.
  • Fit a drip tray under your engine to catch any leaks where possible.
  • Install a bilge filtration system.

COMPLETELY EXHAUSTED Conventional 2-stroke outboards discharge up to 25% of their fuel/oil mixture straight into the water. Just think, if you used 20 gallons of fuel you might as well have poured a 5 gallon can of gas and oil into the water!!! - Always keep your engine well tuned. - Choose 4-stroke or direct injected 2-stroke outboards instead of conventional 2-strokes. They're better for the environment, save fuel costs, and are quieter. - Some new inboard diesel and gas engines produce less air pollution. Consider this when choosing your next engine.


Interesting Fact: Did you know that half a litre of oil will cover an acre of surface water?




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