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Old 02-18-2017, 10:49 PM   #1
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Default Stinky

We went to visit on a nearby boat this morning. I have posted on this subject before, but ask people who live aboard-and who may become immune to onboard smells-to be more objective about their place of abode.

Bad smells sneak up. They get a tiny bit worse every few days, and for those who live with the developing pong, it may not be obvious. And some smells can be downright unhealthy. Bad news bilges, malodorous mildew, sulphurous cells in your battery, and the worst of all, the holding tank honker.

This morning's sortie took us onto a nice boat with a really bad holding tank smell.

Being aware is more difficult than it may at first appear. But, if someone tells you there is a problem pong, I commend the following:

"if at first you don't succeed....Redefine success"!

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Old 02-19-2017, 08:28 PM   #2
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Yucky. I agree about your own familiar boat smells that can creep up strongly but you don't smell them yourself. When away from our boat for a week or so, I come home and think "what's that smell?" as we have our own version of boat smell -- probably a mix of bilge, cat, wood, and whatnot. I prefer NO smell.

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Old 02-20-2017, 03:57 AM   #3
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Normally I don't like deodorants but the PO of Keppelena left behind a bottle of very subtle aftershave called Moonlight which I find invaluable on arrival after a long time away. It leaves no distinct odour but seems to mask all the nasties.
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