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Old 07-31-2009
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I will post my opinion - run away.

I bought a house (a house, I know, not a boat but still somewhat comparable) from a smoker. It took YEARS to get that smell out. I ripped out the sheetrock, repainted, ripped out flooring, had ac ducts cleaned several times, all fixtures, windows, replaced flooring with tile and new carpet after super cholonating and washing repeatedly, etc.

Never, never, never again. We (as non smokers) are very sensitive to that smell. Small amount of it anywhere will stink forever. This is especially apparent when it has been shut up for a while (or even shut for not a while). And how do you get that film and smell out of the millions of unaccessible areas in the bilge or behind cabinets, or hidden in cabinets, or in the upholstry (inside), etc.

There are a million boats on the market right now and it is a buyers market. You will still have to really shop for a GOOD boat (and will probably still pay close to top dollar for a really well cared for boat), but if you are a non-smoker, avoid smoked-in boats like the plague. Let a smoker buy that one. They won't hardly smell it. And no offense, but if they were insensitive enough and thoughtless enough about resale to smoke in their boat in the first place, what other things have they neglected to care about? Maybe, maybe not... but the thougth would cross my mind. Most of the smokers I know smoke outside of their house and moke outside of their boats for that very reason.

I realize there are a LOT of smokers on this forum. My comments were not meant to frustrate any of you. I just think smokers have a difficult time comprehending how much of a turn-off the old smoke smell bothers non-smokers. So please take the comments as something to consider if you do smoke and how you may actually lose 50% of a potential buying audience if you smoke in your boat/house.

My opinions.

- CD

PS When you put clothes or any items on that boat, all of those will smell like smoke. We would leave the house smelling like smoke. It made our car smell like smoke because the clothes absorbed the smell. That crap gets everywhere and on everything. NEVER AGAIN.
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Last edited by Cruisingdad; 07-31-2009 at 12:51 PM.
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