Bilge Maintenance – Necessary and Important!

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Keeping your boat’s bilge and bilge pump clean and well maintained is not just a good mariner’s tip. The United States Coast Guard requires that a vessel’s bilge be kept “reasonably clean.” What’s more, boat operators can face heavy fines should they pump oily bilge water out of the vessel and into the waterways. In fact, a boat operator can be fined for illegally polluting waterways if a even a small amount of contaminants … just a visible sheen … is seen floating atop the water near a boat.