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Re: Boat odor

All great ideas... I personally keep the bilge as dry as it can be. I go into the cavities between the liner and hull and dry up any water from condensation that accumulates there. I wipe down with vinegar/chlorox diluted mix on the surfaces in the bilge, I buy the largest box of clothes dryer freshener pads and place them on the inside backs of all cushions, place them in areas like cabinets, etc. I leave all the cabinet doors open during the time we're not in the sailboat. We keep dehumidifier jars in every compartment and always keep our large box fan 24/7 running to keep air moving and out of the cabin.

Even so we still have a slight smell of diesel when we first go into the boat but after couple of minutes the smell is gone and all that's left are the smells of the fresheners/candles.
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Won't solve the cause of odor but may help to mask the residual ,'urinal pucks' I prefer the flavoured ones but standards are available at the local bus station.
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Re: Boat odor

biodegradable must also mean something else in usa.
google calibri jardin de rosas and then tell me i am poisoning your waterways. i think you will be apologizing.
if boat smells even slightly of diesel you have a leak . i repair those before my engine loses prime or my bilge fills too full of diesel. removes odor immediately. surprisingly effective.
odors are symptoms of what needs to be addressed so as to remove said odors. funny how that works.
never add anything to boat that will screw up your pump innards.
my bilges were designed to be wet, and it will be loong time before modification is made. it wont kill me.
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Re: Boat odor

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Hygiene - an occasional cleaning/soaking with mildly caustic detergents will remedy and control the problem instead of using compounds that only temporarily 'mask' and 'perfume' the underlying problem.
I've tried many bilge cleaners, some with tremendous results. I personally like TufEnuf bilge cleaner. However, they all emulsify and have been gunking up the hinge in a float switch. I have no objection to occasional bilge cleaning, I do it routinely. Most cleaners also foam, making it harder to vacuum out or for the bilge to work properly.

In the end, my problem is not a dirty bilge. It's mast ingress water that sits and grows stuff, while stagnant. The tablets are not masking the issue, the are disinfectant tablets that prevent the smelly bacteria from growing. No perfume at all.

So far so good.


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Even so we still have a slight smell of diesel when we first go into the boat but after couple of minutes the smell is gone and all that's left are the smells of the fresheners/candles.
It's still there it's just that when you have been in an odor a couple of minutes you stop smelling it.

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It's still there it's just that when you have been in an odor a couple of minutes you stop smelling it.
We have cleaned the cockpit lazarette area where the main tank is, checked the hoses and no leaks anywhere or permeating through the hoses, I do have a 6 six gallon portable tank which we use for emergency and feel this may be where the smell is coming from. The engine compartment does not have any smell outside the smell when the engine is running (should there be?).
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Re: Boat odor

my keel stepped masts donot provide waterways to keel, as i have nicely bedded mast boots in place. waterproof. functional. not even ugly. easily removable and replaceable for servicing mast.
if your mast has a groove in it, we found respite from mast wetness in a storm (opb) by use of caulk in the groove to prevent the running river from being. it worked.
oh, btw--mine are not premade mast boots, but made by me ones, as this is more effective and cheaper than the ones sold in chandleries.


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Re: Boat odor

We have a keel stepped in-mast furler, so it's essentially impossible to keep rain water out of the 1"x70ft slot that runs the length of it. In theory, I could block it off near the bottom and drill a drain hole out the side. This would still need to be done near the base, as interior wiring and lines are running from the deck and up. I'm considering it.

Here's my idea. Drill a hole about 1" up from the base. Inject slow cure epoxy until the bottom is full and begins to pour out the hole. This should seal the bottom of the mast and provide a path of least resistance for water. I could also put a fitting and hose and direct that water to the sump.

One concern is mast step strength, with a new hole that close to the base. The other is epoxy leaking out the bottom and gluing the mast to the step.


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oh, btw--mine are not premade mast boots, but made by me ones, as this is more effective and cheaper than the ones sold in chandleries.
What did you make yours out of? I Think I remember someone using roof flashing or some other sort of other material.

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Re: Boat odor

mine are a ,kind of sunbrella rubberized looking tropical water on deck prevention material. works great now for 4 years. love it. will get more of that stuff... and a sewing machine, as my sails donot want to live much longer, the bastids.
mebbe i will make a visor out of it for weathery days......
oh yeah... i will receive any and all old sails y´all wanna ditch whenye replace your soon to be blown out beauties. thankyou in advance.....


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