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Old 07-22-2014, 09:07 PM   #41
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How's this for a theory. All the boats that the OP looked at were for sale. If you were trying to sell a boat wouldn't you clean it up and maybe oil the teak? I would.
I bet the Admiral was just smelling fresh teak oil and the smell will fade in a few weeks.
Maybe, but have been on a lot of wood-intensive-interior boats at boat shows and individually and we never really noticed it, and both of us, especially me, are very sensitive to any kind of chemical smell... varnishes, paint, cleaners, etc.. instant headache. Still, granted, not out of the question.
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Old 07-23-2014, 12:01 AM   #42
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How's this for a theory. All the boats that the OP looked at were for sale. If you were trying to sell a boat wouldn't you clean it up and maybe oil the teak? I would.
I bet the Admiral was just smelling fresh teak oil and the smell will fade in a few weeks.

Not likely. People who are dumping their boats usually do it for two reasons. Economics. Health. Rarely do people 'put money in' to dump it.
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Old 07-23-2014, 08:03 AM   #43
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Not likely. People who are dumping their boats usually do it for two reasons. Economics. Health. Rarely do people 'put money in' to dump it.
Depends on the word "dump" and sometimes even brokers will clean up a boat prior to a sale which may have included wiping down the bulkheads just to "spruce it up a bit"....
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:24 AM   #44
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I would tend to agree with the folks that do not believe the teak oil is the source of the old boat stench.

Rotten wood , usually plywood , will stink as it rots , in bulkheads , furniture and any where else there is wood.

Ventilation is the best cure , if the boat was properly constructed.
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Old 07-24-2014, 01:38 PM   #45
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All good suggestions for sources of foul smells. Our Mainship had a similar oily, rotten, caustic, stinky odor more so after being closed up for a while. I found the main culprit by accident. BATTERY gas. I have a battery that overcharges (still trying to solve that) and in its doing so gives lots of stinky sulfur gas. I started isolating that battery and noticed a big improvement in level of stink. Battery gassing is normal when equalizing and when contained it stinks. Ventilation as FF suggested will help keep whatever it is from permeating every thing pourous on your vessel and thus decrease the Admiral's olfactory distress.
I am prepairing to install low volume AC vent blower on the pier to draw directly from the machine room to help remove all of those offensive oders from the machinery. This should help when the boat is closed up for weeks. Also installed portable dehumidifier to reduce the mold type sources. that seems to have helped a lot with those stale odors and not seeing new mildew or mold growth in the usual places.
Tell us what you find and how is works for you.
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Lots of good ideas. I guess diesel smell as it is in most of the older trawlers. I scrubbed the entire motor, tranny, and bilge with cleaner. It is a lot of work but really nice to have a clean boat. Mine doesn't have the smell anymore but it took a lot of work and we live aboard so lots of air moving through the boat.
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Old 07-24-2014, 04:34 PM   #47
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Old 07-25-2014, 06:21 AM   #48
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I have a battery that overcharges (still trying to solve that)


First check the batt set it self , sounds like a dead batt that requires a constant charge not to go flat, which overcharges the other batts in the set.

OR Purchase one of the new units with a brain that shuts off ALL the charge (no float) when the batt is full.
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Since we're on the subject of boat smells, Peggie Hall recommended a product to me called PureAyre. I haven't tried it yet but Peggie pretty much raved about it. They claim it will eliminate diesel odor as well as just about every other odor source on a boat. I ordered some for my store but I haven't gotten it yet. When it arrives, I'll grab a bottle and let you know how it does on cat boxes!

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Old 07-25-2014, 12:43 PM   #50
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Is it possible the admiral isn't fond of boating?
+1

Make sure you are addressing the underlying objection, or you will be simply facing a new alligator.
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