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Old 22-04-2019, 09:52   #1
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SMELL is killing me! What to do?

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I have a CAL 2-27 that is 1973. I have stayed on it often but the smell is horrible. Wake up with headache and everything that goes in, comes out smelling. Brought the inside cushions home to redo them and the stunk up the garage while the boat still smelled. It's not a gas smell but I can't describe it. Any ideas on how to eliminate old boat smells? I know it's old but I'd like to try and make it fresher smelling. I have painted and cleaned the inside and checked the bilge. It's not a bilge smell, either.
Thanks for any help. Just getting going here and I love advice!
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Old 22-04-2019, 10:21   #2
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I suspect that you'll have to identify the source in order to solve the problem. Things I might try:
- Check CAL 2-27 owners forums to see if others had a similar problem.
- Find someone to come aboard and sniff around, someone who might recognize the smell.
- Use plastic and masking tape to section off the boat interior to help isolate the source.
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Old 22-04-2019, 10:24   #3
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You'll have to identify the smell in order to address it. If you know what it is, you'll better be able to find the source, eliminate the problem, and then eliminate the smell.
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are your sewage hoses permeated? is there a permeated holding tank? There are a ton of things on a boat that can and do stink if not properly maintained and cleaned.
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Try a product called ZorbX available from Lowes or Home Depot or Amazon. It does wonders and doesn't have an oder itself. Then when under control get some Tea Tree oil such as Safe T Air or Kanberra Gel. Both can be bought through Amazon. Safe t air is the same as Kanberra gel but half the price.

Definitely try to find what the odor souce is. It may be mold behind the walls.
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Old 22-04-2019, 10:39   #6
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Odor eliminator PureAyre eliminates cat, pet, smoke, skunk, cigars, gasoline, cooking and musty odors


If the cushions stunk up your garage after you removed them from the boat, where do you think the smell is coming from? Foam is notorious for soaking up odors, boating related or not.


If the foam smells, replace the foam and/or the cushions.


Then see if the boat still smells after you've removed the cushions.
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Re: SMELL is killing me! What to do?

Most likely are hoses for the head or cushions and foam. It sounds like the latter in your case...?
Surely you can identify sewage/rotten eggs from mold smell?
Mold:
You can remove and wash cushion covers and replace the foam, but better to replace all of the cushions entirely.
If smell pervades the boat rent an Ozone Generator and leave it on in the boat for a week.
Head hoses:
Replace all; inlet and outlet.
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Without knowing more of the details but just based on general experience, I think Cheechako has nailed the biggest contributor with, "Most likely are hoses for the head."
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You're going to have to be a little more specific regarding your odor problem in order for anyone to be helpful. Go around sniffing things until you identify the source.
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Except we don't know if on his 27 footer he even has a marine head and holding tank. He could well have a porta potty.
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Re: SMELL is killing me! What to do?

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Odor eliminator PureAyre eliminates cat, pet, smoke, skunk, cigars, gasoline, cooking and musty odors


If the cushions stunk up your garage after you removed them from the boat, where do you think the smell is coming from? Foam is notorious for soaking up odors, boating related or not.


If the foam smells, replace the foam and/or the cushions.


Then see if the boat still smells after you've removed the cushions.

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If its making him sick, it may be mold.
Either way, step one is find the source, you canít fix what you donít know about
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Thanks for all the feedback. So the cushions.. they have all be out of the boat for 2 months and the boat still smells. That tells me it's not only the smell from the cushions but that smell was picked up by something else. There is a head that is rarely used and it is cleaned out every 2 weeks, even though not always used. The smell is everywhere and I'm sure been there a while. I was wondering about hoses but that I had thought it might be that old paper on insides of the boat but I painted all that and still have smell. I will try a couple of those sprays mentioned. I have taken off the wood, under the cushions to see if the smell would "hit me" more than any other but not really. I like the idea of bringing someone else on that knows more about sailboats and may be able to identify that smell, too. So if I was out for the day, I wouldn't worry about it to much but staying over night and enjoying the weekend at the bay is hard to do. It doesn't smell like sewage at all. Just a musty dandy annoying headachy kind of smell. Thanks and I will start with some of the ideas above.
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I would spring for something like this to rule out mold if you are getting sick:

https://www.amazon.com/Mold-Armor-FG...-1-spons&psc=1
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Great idea! Thanks TravelinLight! Mostly it's headache
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