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diesel spill — how to clean up and neutralise smell?

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Hi all,

 

I did something stupid and overfilled my fuel tank. After sailing around/heeling, I found diesel in my bilges, sigh.

 

What's the best way to clean this up, and how do I get rid of the smell? It's quite unpleasant to be in the cabin at the moment... I'm prepared to use a lot of elbow grease, but is there something (detergent, or some other stuff) to break down the fuel and neutralise the smell?

 

Cheers!

 

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Question I've got is why was there diesel in your bilge? In theory the tankage should be a closed system with the only outlets to the engine, filler and breather.

 

The filler and breather are both on the outside of the hull/deck so is there a leak between filler and tank or breather and tank that a bit of heel and full tanks demonstrates?

 

You could run around never filling your tank right up but Id be looking for the source of the leak to the bilge as a part of the cleanup.

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