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Re: Kanberra gel
Ok, so as a refreseher for those that haven't read the whole thread the concensus is that Kanberra Gel is a worthwhile product and users are satisfied with the pricing considering the results.
Thing is, there are guys like me that balk at paying that much for essentially a Glade airfreshener with better ingedients.
So, I looked around the internet and found tea tree oil is commonly used as a cleaner to fight mold. To see if there was a cheaper way to achive the benefits the Kanberra users enjoy, I bought 2 small bottles of tea trea oil at my local grocer for $6/each and mixed water in a 28oz spray bottle and scrubbed the entire boat using it, then sprayed the bilges and storage areas that could not be reached and just let the product dry. (one bottle was mixed at a time and it took about a bottle and a half for our 36' boat.
After a week, my wife and I boarded the boat yesterday intent to see the results. What we agree on is that the boat smell is about 20% of what it was. Since our boat is older and was pretty "boaty" smelling we feel like its a vast improvement. I'm now moving on to "re-treating" old Glade stick ups with tea tree oil to see if we can get some more improvement and we'll continue to use the spray to wipe down surfaces.
Bottom line, if I was skeptical of the price of Kanberra before, I'd take a good deal more convincing now getting the results I got for one $12 treatment, but I do believe in the benefits of tea tree oil and am glad this thread brought the product to my attention.
For the benefit of other parsimonious sailors, I found the least expensive tea tree oil at the nearly ubiquitous Target store so it should be easy to find.
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36