One of the worst onboard messes I ever had to contend with was on a lumpy delivery from Stamford, Connecticut, to Marblehead, Massachusetts, when our engine blew an oil gasket, spray-painting the engine compartment and filling the bilge with petrochemical filth. Oil Dri could be the ideal solution for such nasty predicaments. These hydrophobic, oil-absorbing pads and bilge socks are ideal for sopping up oily messes and come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit into your bilge’s hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.Prices start at $4.

Oil Dri Corporation of America, 800-645-3747.

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