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To clean up diesel and get rid of the smell, use liquid Calgon fabric softener.

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Don't use mothballs if you're going to be on the boat regularly... the smell is pretty nasty.

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Don't use mothballs if you're going to be on the boat regularly... the smell is pretty nasty.
I agree, but on the up side, mice don't like it either
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Please don't get started on the mice..... one thread is enough.
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I agree, but on the up side, mice don't like it either
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A clean dry boat doesn't smell inside at all. The biggest source of odour in a boat with out a head is probably the bilge. It is difficult to clean and keep dry but that is probably what is needed.

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Please don't get started on the mice..... one thread is enough.
Yes your right, and we don't want Cam to combine them.

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I think seawater and salt in the dry areas of the bilge contribute to the "sea" smell. In addition the other smells would be from a diesel inboard engine, mold/mildew in lockers and areas where you can't clean, and of course head plumbing. I think it's just "old boat syndrome"; and you can't really prevent it. When we bring things home from the boat like clothes, sheets, towels left onboard they have that distinctive "boat" smell until they are washed.

I'm going to try leaving a jar of vinegar open in the boat while away; I've heard that vinegar will neutralize odors in the air. Another thing to try is baking soda to absorb the odor molecules.
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Do a Google search on "Head Mistress" She frequently posts comments on the Beneteau owners forum. she's written books on boat odors and how to combat them. Hoses, bilges, etc are always common trouble makers in the smell category. There has been discussion about filling the bilge with a certain chemical mixture and then head out sailing to slosh it around. Once back at the dock, pump out the bilge and voila. I've thought about doing this myself as I really don't like the smell, but I'm not brave (or maybe stupid) enough to try it.

btw, I changed the hoses in the head and it didn't work. I'm convinced it's a bilge thing!
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[QUOTE=KeelHaulin;288189] I think it's just "old boat syndrome";QUOTE]

Ahhhh...I know that smell. A mixture of dry rot, regular rot, an oily bilge, the pungent odor of wiring shorts, moldy sette cushions from leaky port holes, moist end grain balsa and the distinctive odor of yellowing West Marine receipts.

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There's nothing like the smell of uncured resin in the morning!

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