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I recently purchased and am living aboard a 1989 Hunter 30. Since moving aboard I have been diagnosing smells, making headway with bilge and head odors but this one has me stumped! The wood in the v-birth smells like old sawdust/mud-dobber!
The v-birth has a built in hanging locker starboard and vertical storage cupboards port, I believe these are marine plywood laminated with teak and that they are the source of the smell. When I first moved on there were a few mud-dobber nests and I thought that was the source so I knocked them all out and cleaned all around in there, still smelled. A couple of days ago I disassembled everything in there and pulled it out, scrubbed every board individuality with bleach and water as well as the vinyl hull liner and wood that is glassed in to the hull (main bulkhead into birth and the two pieces that encase the water tanks that you sleep on top of). The wood still smells! I know it's the wood because yesterday when I got home I could smell the pile of 'clean' wood that I left on the dock to dry.
My next steep is to give it all a bath in vinegar (I know I should have done that first), then would be to Te-Ka clean it all and varnish it hoping to seal the smell in, although I would prefer to keep it natural and just oil it every year.
What could this be, has anyone experienced this, and what are your suggestions to fix it???