Cleansing Smelly Boats.
Who wants to cruise the beautiful waterways of Australia in smelly boats?
The other day I went for a paddle in my kayak amongst all the moorings in our local bay and was staggered to see just how many smelly boats were in desperate need of a good clean.
It was obvious that they had not been moved from their moorings in ages as the marine growth was damaging many hulls..
I then had the opportunity to talk to a marine maintenance tradesman and he said apart from the exterior wear and tear, his biggest problem was the damage caused by incorrect ventilation design on many boats.
He went on to say that bilges, although essential in a boat to collect water from inside the hull, are a constant breeding ground for millions of bacteria and if the vessel is not used frequently or the bilge water is not pumped out at sea or at a marina dump site then it becomes very foul smelling boat.
Everything seems to end up in the bilge area be it gray water from kitchen sinks and bathrooms or oil and fuel spills from the engine bay. Gray water often contains particles of food, fish bait, hair, soap residue and bodily matter such as dead skin and fecal residue.
Fuel and oil, being organic products, will generate their own bacteria and create algae and other micro organism growths and therefore contribute to the smells, however they can be minimized by the use of disposable nappies as fluid absorbers when carrying out maintenance.
Another problem area is in the galley with ice boxes and fridges often having soiled food smells such as spilt milk or overripe fruit. One natural way of destroying odours in these areas is to have an opened packet of bicarbonate of soda in the units.
Where smells are coming from sink drains it is usually caused by stagnant water which has food scraps embedded in the U bend. There is a way of overcoming this 'Rotten Egg' gas smell by making up a solution of Chlorine Dioxide and pouring it down the sink to kill the odours and bacteria such as Lysteria Monocytogenes, Norwalk Virus and Staphylococcus species. The same product can be used in the shower, hand basin and sterilization of hard surface areas.
The presence of
are also a very common indoor air problem in boats as the gases they generate accumulate and can cause major health problems. They are everywhere, especially in cleaning and personal care products, plastics, furniture, fiberglass coatings, paints and anti fouling coatings, materials, carpets, polyurethane clear coatings, window rubbers, glues and the dreaded mould and mildew. In boats the problem is amplified due to confined spaces.
Speaking of confined spaces, stateroom areas below deck and small bunk areas on catamarans can be a particular problem for generating odour causing bacteria such as VOCs and
because they are close to the waterline with window or port holes that may or may not open to allow fresh air to circulate. They are naturally close to the bilge area and could get the smells emanating from there. Air-conditioning is often relied upon to generate airflow.
There is a natural way of overcoming smelly boats and that is to use
This along with
will eliminate odour causing bacteria and allow you to enjoy cruising the beauty of the Australian waterways.
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