My Tashiba-31 is located in Port Townsend and I've live aboard now for over 6 months. The experience has been great, until recently.
In December, I left for a 3 week trip to Minnesota
. When I leave the boat
closed up for pit it does get a bit musty and stale below. I was also concern that the wet weather
might contribute to that, so I got a small jar of Tea Tree Oil
gel and left it open on the counter.
I returned to the boat
after 3 weeks away. Inside she seemed fine - a slight odor
fro the tea tree oil
was it. I spend a few hours stowing all my gear
, then lay down in the v-berth. I normally sleep with the v-berth hatch
open a crack and my main hatch
is louvered, so I get pretty good ventilation.
Well, after being asleep for 2 hours I suddenly woke up with the intense feeling that I couldn't breath. The feeling was so bad I had to get out of the boat. Never had that happen before. I was so keyed up that I ended up staying in the cabin
the rest of the night. I would still get that feeling, but not as intense.
After 3 days of this I hit on the idea that maybe I was having a reaction ot the tea oil. I tossed the jar as far away as possible and opened all the hatches for a good flush as the wind
was up and it wasn't raining. That night I sleep almost normally, but still in the cabin
Since then the problem is coming back. It's been raining, so I can't keep the hatches open as much. Now I'm wondering about a reaction to mold
. I don't think I have a huge problem with it, but there are areas of the boat that don't get good circulation and have a definite musty smell.
The thing that I don't get is the timing of this. I've had the boat for over a year. In the first 6 months she spent a lot of time closed up between visits. During the visits I would stay onboard for 1-2 weeks at a time doing maintenance
. During the first of these visits she smelled a lot worse than she does now. So besides the tea oil, what else is new?
I'm going to do a stem to stern cleaning
with vinegar this weekend. I'm also looking for someplace to clean my cabin cushions
as they have a musty smell and I'm looking into a hepa-filter air purifier. I also have a Doctor appointment to look into what is going on.
Assuming this is a reaction to mold
- do you think these actions will work
? Any suggestions? Has anyone else had a similar reaction to tea oil purifiers?