Captain S/V Triumph
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Boston Yacht Haven
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Re: DIY shrinkwrapping, easy? Pain?
I hope you are not shrink wrapping in order to liveaboard during the winter?!
When the plastic is heated in the sunlight, a very unhealthy gaseous poison is produced.
Here is some info on the problem. What you are smelling is polyethylene film offgassing various chemicals, which include DEHP, a phthalate plasticizer linked with internal organ damage. Its use has been banned, but only in childrens' toys because it causes developmental reproductive abnormalities in children.
The phthalates are lipid-soluble: once they get into your system, they get lodged in fat cells and remain with you for the rest of your life, doing slow damage to your liver and kidneys.
Not a great idea to support that is it?
This whole issue mostly comes up with people who are trying to live in a boat which was designed and made for "weekend / coastal cruising". As opposed to boats which are larger, and have interior walls which provides a proper insulation.
The bottom line is that people living in a small day cruiser are, for all intents and purposes, trying to live in their cars.
Using plastic for insulation is an act of desperation. It has been greatly supported by the new industry of seasonal workers who earn many thousands of dollars each fall installing this onto peoples' boats.
FYI: Not one single boat manufacturer in the world suggests wrapping their boats in plastic for liveaboard usage.
People should not live inside plastic bags.