I've been staying on my boat
for the last 10 days, and the weather
has been cold.. anywhere from 30's to 60's.
2 days ago, I started smelling a really bad smell in the master cabin
. Thought it was the head
. Didn't really smell anything in there, but went ahead and pumped out, rinsed, and added KO.. smelled like a lovely spring garden..
The smell in the cabin
didn't go away. I checked the bilge
, and it was clean and dry, and I couldn't smell anything coming from there. As I moved towards the berth, I started smelling it really bad. In fact, it was so bad, I could barely sleep. So, yesterday morning, I tore apart the berth. I have 3 compartments under my berth. 1. a completely empty large drawer, 2. the compartment for the air conditioning
, 3. the diesel
tank. couldn't isolate any smell, but I didn't see any water
, mildew, etc. completely clean
There was, however, water
under the mattress, on the wood
base. I have slats under the mattress that lifts the mattress approx. 2"... Mattress was dry, but the wood
seemed saturated, and, there was standing water of about 1/4 cup distributed about under the berth. I believe that's where the stench was coming with. I cleaned the entire area with a mold
and mildew cleaner... dried it as much as I could with towels, then put my electric heater
in the cabin, closed it off, and ran the heater
all day to dry the wood out. it does smell a little better.
I am expecting that there will be more condensation
tomorrow, and I figure I will need to take the berth apart, and heat up the cabin to dry out the wood.
So, my question is... what can I do to stop this? Do I need higher slats? Do I have no other choice but to tear it apart and dry it every day? I use the electric
heater at night, so, it is pretty dry in there. Enough that I wake up with dry mouth, and dried lips. Any suggestions?
(I have a 2011 Lagoon
450, in beautiful shape, clean as a whistle)