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Old 08-29-2016, 10:26 PM   #41
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can't let my wife read this thread. We are in the process of buying a 1988 Californian. Everything seems to work. The only issue we found was a black water smell and a lot of Fabreeze. Hoping its the hoses and not a leaky tank.
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Old 08-29-2016, 10:54 PM   #42
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You are gonna love her! To be honest, we are starting to wonder if the electrical weirdness wasn't the yacht broker messing with us. Yes, he was THAT much of a jerk. Our girl has a bit of a smell also (lots of febreeze here also!), but we suspect it's a leaky fuel hose... We are SO happy with her...and the learning continues. We are still smiling (sometimes crying or yelling at each other), but MOSTLY smiling!
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Old 08-30-2016, 12:03 AM   #43
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Good luck with your new ride. They are great boats! Start out by changing all your sanitation hoses. That is most likely the source of your smell. If the 45 is anything like the 48's it holds water up forward. If you can keep the bilge dry the entire boat will smell better. Use a shop vac to remove what's there. If it stays wet then you will need to find the source. Once you do those two things bet you will find a better smelling vessel next time you board.
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Old 08-30-2016, 08:18 AM   #44
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I have a 85' 43ft. My 3 A/Cs drip into the bilge. It migrates to the bow in front of the holding tank. Thats more or less fresh water. Doesn't smell much. If any sea water gets in and is there for any period of time it will smell. I'm told its all the bio matter in sea water that will smell.

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Old 08-30-2016, 08:21 AM   #45
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We have suspected as much re: the bilge. It's high on the list (empty, clean, observe, trace, stop) of things we need to take care of. But FIRST we need to get the new hot water heater installed. BTW, we don't have AC, so that can't be the culprit. Hollywood Florida, or Hollywood, California? (Florida - gotta have AC, CA - maybe, maybe not)
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Old 08-31-2016, 03:38 PM   #46
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Hollywood Fl......OH yes, air conditioner is a must.
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