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Old 29-10-2014, 14:57   #31
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Re: How Do You Control The Diesel Smell In Your Cabin.

My Wife hit the brakes hard dumping a jerry can in the back seat! About a gallon got loose.

The kids would not ride with us for three years and we were never crowded at the theater.

Now we have no smell on the boat.
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Old 30-10-2014, 06:46   #32
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My Wife hit the brakes hard dumping a jerry can in the back seat! About a gallon got loose.

The kids would not ride with us for three years and we were never crowded at the theater.

Now we have no smell on the boat.
Oh MAN.... This is ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!!!

Headed to the fuel station right now...
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Old 30-10-2014, 06:53   #33
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............ If you have diesel-soaked wood, you will probably never totally get rid of the smell without replacement.
There are paints that can be applied to contain the smell and seal the surface. Look here:

KILZ® Primers & Paints

Most of this is available at any good home center or paint store.
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Old 30-10-2014, 09:13   #34
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we call that tug boat cologne

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As mentioned earlier, smell, what smell?
Interesting to note is that if your boat smells of diesel, you and your clothes do too, but you would not notice the cologne you'r wearing. At the marina's pub I can point out with a high degree of accuracy who lives aboard and have an engine leak....
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Old 30-10-2014, 09:22   #35
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Re: How Do You Control The Diesel Smell In Your Cabin.

Even worse than diesel smell is the waste system--kind of a dead body smell. Most owners simply get so used to the smell that they are unaware of it. But it can overpower a guest.

These odors permeate our clothing and virtually every porous surface on the boat. After the leaks are fixed and the permeated hoses and leaky tanks replaced, Every surface in the boat must be scrubbed and all soft goods laundered.

Those portable electronic air cleaners work very well at ridding the lingering odors.
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Old 30-10-2014, 10:42   #36
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Those portable electronic air cleaners work very well at ridding the lingering odors.
You have my interest Sir, of what devices do you speak?
Got a link maybe? I'd like to have one I could leave in the boat when I was away if they work.
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Re: How Do You Control The Diesel Smell In Your Cabin.

Amazon.com - Mountainaire by SUNHEAT MA4000 Six Stage Portable Electronic Air Purifier with HEPA Filter - Hepa Filter Air Purifiers
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Wow, ain't cheap, but sometimes you get what you pay for.
Have you used this particular one?
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The specific one that I experienced was called something like Alpine Air. Do your own due diligence for selecting the right one. But I can affirm that these eliminated all odors on two different yachts.
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Re: How Do You Control The Diesel Smell In Your Cabin.

A64pilot,

Never lived in your area, but if we're talking about diesel smell, then first one eliminates the diesel leaks, then one TRIES to remove it from fabrics, foam cushions, and whatever else it has got into. Pretty simple, but can turn out costly if you can't get it out of the foam.
Suggest tsp and very hot water, followed by very hot water rinse for the foam, till you can't smell the tsp any more. Now for the trick in FL. You have to find somewhere to dry the foam. Got an air conditioned garage, or dinghy repairer who will let you hang them up?

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Re: How Do You Control The Diesel Smell In Your Cabin.

Simple Green works well.
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Re: How Do You Control The Diesel Smell In Your Cabin.

Ann,
Nope no Diesel smell, thank God as I know that's pervasive. I've owned powerboats before.
Really just a closed up smell, and frankly an on and off head smell when she has been closed up, if tank is empty and flushed out when we leave, no smell. I'm still a wage slave so only get weekends on the boat until retirement, but it's going to take a couple of years to pay her off and completely refit her anyway. Hopefully pay her off soon, then get to the real re-fit, but I want to do most of it myself, not pay someone so it's going to take time for me to learn everything and do the work, can't go until Daughter graduated from High School anyway. Sorry for the ramble
But when we get to her I leave all the hatches open for a little while to air out the boat, it only builds up a little odor when she is closed up over the week. But if there is a air filter / freshener that would keep that from happening and possibly keep the air cleaner by being a HEPA filter, than that might be worth it. Plus can a HEPA filter hurt?
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Even worse than diesel smell is the waste system--kind of a dead body smell. Most owners simply get so used to the smell that they are unaware of it. But it can overpower a guest.

These odors permeate our clothing and virtually every porous surface on the boat. After the leaks are fixed and the permeated hoses and leaky tanks replaced, Every surface in the boat must be scrubbed and all soft goods laundered.

This is exactly what I do not want, does anyone?
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Re: How Do You Control The Diesel Smell In Your Cabin.

64--you'll probably need to replace all the waste hoses. Even had to replace the holding tank in one IP 38.
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64--you'll probably need to replace all the waste hoses. Even had to replace the holding tank in one IP 38.
I do, yes, that's a job I'm looking forward to, tank and hoses were replaced in 02, probably getting close to needing it again as it's an aluminum tank, will probably go plastic when I do it.
I think IP at some point resin lined the waste tank, this one may be, and newer ones I think have fiberglass tanks, thankfully the tank is very accessible, fwd head hose, maybe not so much.
Tried talking the Admiral into letting me remove the fwd head and putting a washing machine there, but so far she ain't going for it.
FWD head hose is maybe 15 or 20 ft long, aft head, maybe 4 ft.
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