Originally Posted by HeadMistress
How would venting the bilge have any impact on how the water in a water heater smells???
A wet dirty bilge is a primordial soup that can make a whole boat smell like a swamp or even a sewer...venting will only blow stinky air out to perfume the air outside the boat...something your dock neighbors won't appreciate. Cleaning the bilge is only way to eliminate odor from it...really CLEAN it instead of just dumping some "miracle" product and some water into it to swish around and calling it done.
"If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't completely understand it yourself." --Albert Einstein
I went back and forth with Peggy for quite a while trying to chase down down what I thought was a sanitation odor due to an unfortunate run in with a clogged vent line which cause a mini-explosion draining my complete full with other peoples poop holding tank into the bilge. The whole time I was chasing there was a seemingly small amount of water in the bilge that I could not get out on a regular basis coming from my under achieving shaft seals. Maybe a gallon, 1.5 gallons, not much. I would clean the bilge well, empty it out and the water would of course come back. I just ignored it because "It's a boat". After thorough cleaning, PureAyre, etc. it would be fine for a couple if days and then it would be back. Once I got around to getting the shaft seals under control I was able to keep the bilge much drier. No smell. At all. If there is some hint or whiff down in the engine room it is in direct proportion to the amount of water in the bilge. If I hand pump it "dry", only several cups of water in the sump, then no smell. Moral of my long winded story is don't underestimate bilge water.