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« on: May 04, 2009, 19:38:43 CET »

A few tips that I usually practice to help keep our seas clean; I found these on internet so I am not the author:

1.   Prevent oily discharges from the bilge. Keep your engine well tuned to prevent fuel and oil leaks. Secure an oil absorbent pad (very effective I had one and it works miracles) in your bilge and under your engine where drips may occur. Dispose of them as hazardous waste.
2.   For oil changes, use an oil change pump to transfer oil to a spill-proof container. Wrap a plastic bag around the oil filter to prevent oil from spilling into the bilge.
3.   When fueling, stop the drops! Prevent fuel spills by filling fuel tanks slowly and using rags to catch drips and spills. Don?t "top off" or overflow your fuel tank.
4.   Do not add soap. Never use soap to disperse fuel and oil spills. It increases harm to the environment.
5.   Minimize boat cleaning and maintenance in the water. If possible, save maintenance projects for the boatyard. When performing work on the water minimize your impact by containing waste.
6.   Reduce toxic discharges from bottom paints. Minimize the discharge of heavy metals found in soft-sloughing antifouling paints by using a less toxic, or nontoxic antifouling paint. Use only non-abrasive underwater hull cleaning techniques to prevent excessive paint discharge.
7.   Dispose of hazardous waste properly. Dispose of paints, batteries, antifreeze, cleaning products, oil, oil filters and other hazardous wastes at a hazardous waste collection facility.
8.   Plan A-head! Manage sewage wastes properly. Never discharge sewage within 3 miles of shore.
9.   Stow it, don?t throw it! Keep your trash on board. Never throw cigarette butts, fishing line, or any other garbage into the ocean. Take advantage of facilities to recycle plastic, glass, metal, and paper.
10.   Reduce Greywater discharges. Use a phosphate-free biodegradable soap to minimize the impacts of greywater on the marine environment..
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2009, 07:27:54 CET »

11. Do not throw food paper/plastic packaging and any kinf of litter (even organic) overboard. I am repeating this to emphasise.

12. Do not throw the boat battery in the sea!!! I am repeating this to emphasise.

13. Do not haste for nothing, it is amazing how much fuel is burnt on a boat at high speeds.

14. Use antifouling that has ingredients which do not harm marine life. I am repeating this to emphasise.

15. Do not speed in shallow areas.

many more....
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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2010, 17:54:35 CET »

Hi,
Maybe someone out there knows.  Is Glossy paint like ICI or BROLAC good to re-paint fibreglass on a speedboat? (surface/ near outboard)

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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2010, 19:09:58 CET »

I would have a quick look on http://www.yachtpaint.com/uk/boat_painting_guide/default.asp
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