Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: San Francisco Bay area
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Re: Boat odor
i throw some stinky fresh scent antibacterial liquid soap into my bilges. fixes odors with whatever smell of the day i desire and cleans bilges as the water sloshes a tad in wakage and winds. cheap and easy.
so far, i like the roses and the lavendar scents best.
plentiful in mexico, where bilge cleaner is prohibitively priced.
bathing also helps, btw, as much of our boat smell is from our own hygiene preferences.
it also helps to occasionally scrub the bilges and use running water and pumps to remove the old stink. never fails.
Antibacterial soap contains triclofan, which is an emerging environmental contaminant - it is showing up in shellfish in SF bay now. It really should be banned as an additive to soap - it will be eventually, but only when lots of damage has been done.
What I do to clean the bilge is put a bucket of water in there, with a little added deck cleaner. That stuff is formulated to be relatively harmless to the marine environment. Turn off the bilge pump, go for a sail to get it all agitated. Turn on the bilge pump again.
Bristol 31.1, San Francisco Bay