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post #21 of 40 Old 05-23-2016
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Re: Boat odor

Vinegar is a good germ-a-cide. Be careful mixing with Clorox, acid base reaction releases chlorine gas. Also products using ammonia mixed with clorox generate poison gas.
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Re: Boat odor

Seems to me that the real reasons for the bilge smell is the 800 lb. gorilla in the room. Most modern boats just don't have any appreciable amounts of bilge ventilation. Nada, Zilch. Having an internally ballasted boat with extremely shallow bilges has made me extremely sensitive to this issue. Subsequently I have installed in my sole, from stem to stern, from the forepeak to the foot of the companionway ladder basically an industrial poly grating 1 inch thick and 12 inch wide. My ceilings up along the hull deck joint are also open to the bilge. Continuous ventilation from bottom to top is the key to controlling sour bilge smells. The foot of my companionway ladder rests on a 36X36 inch grating that generally mimics the outline of the companionway above, so that even in downpours or hard sailing, most ingress water gets channeled directly into the bilge. An added benefit of this grating is the ability to notice any additional water sources in the bilge.

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If you smell diesel and have a Yanmar engine, check the crush washers, they are often a source of small leaks. They should be replaced regularly.
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Re: Boat odor

These pan tablets seem to be working very well. Last week, I decided not to sponge/vac out the little bit of water that collects in the corner from pulling the speed wheel or that comes down the mast, rather just leave the tablet in it and lock up. See what happens.

Came back last week to an 80 deg cabin and no odor. That would have been a sure recipe for some mold to skim along the top of the stagant water and stink.

The tablets are staining the hull blue, where the water stands. It cleans right off fairly easily.

So far, I'm a fan.


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Re: Boat odor

Apple cider Vinegar(not wine vinegar) by itself will work as long as its just a typical musty boat smell. If you have bacteria growing in vents or standing water that needs to be removed.

To use vinegar, get a plastic container like you like a flat box that you use to put money in at a garage sale. Drill holes in the top. Buy some small sponges that will fit in the box and cut them to fit the box. Saturate the sponges with the vinegar. Close the lid, and set in the area that is musty. Over several days it will clear out the odors.

Works in bathrooms too.

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I've tried the pellets in the bilge. I haven't noticed any difference in boat odor.

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Re: Boat odor

Probably not be a good idea if there are stainless steel keel bolts in the bilge. The MSDS for these products seem to indicate that the active ingredient is a chloride. Reactive chlorides are a principal cause of crevice crack corrosion in stainless steels. Sorry.

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Re: Boat odor

The plumbing would be combersome, but, having the exhaust dorade vent come directly from the bilge, would pull fresh air in continuously. Would need grates in the cabin sole.

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Probably not be a good idea if there are stainless steel keel bolts in the bilge. The MSDS for these products seem to indicate that the active ingredient is a chloride. Reactive chlorides are a principal cause of crevice crack corrosion in stainless steels. Sorry.
Interesting, I could have sworn they said non-corrosive. Air conditioning pans are typically metal.

Nevertheless, the collected water doesn't get to my keel bolts.


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I've tried the pellets in the bilge. I haven't noticed any difference in boat odor.
Maybe that's not where you odor is coming from.

Mine does not smell, unless I leave this ingress water for any length of time.


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