A smelly subject
We have all had the experience of walking into someone’s home and immediately being able to detect a strong aroma, either pleasant or unpleasant. Smells that come from cooking, pets or sometimes worse things can be easily missed by the occupants of the house but immediately noticed by those visiting. Boats are the same way but due to their much smaller footprint, even more susceptible to overpowering odors.
We’ve run into several friends lately who have told us that they have no sense of smell. I am definitely not among them (insert big nose joke here). Not too long ago we stepped aboard a boat belonging to some new friends and the bad odor I detected was so overpowering to me that I needed to step back out into the fresh air. Strangely, the owners of the boat seemed not to notice it.
We take great lengths to keep our boat smelling good including keeping it exceptionally clean. We go so far as to clean out the bit of stagnant bilge water that sits in the bottom of each hull on a weekly basis and then rub down that area with bleach. Does it work? Well, I think so but because we live on the boat, we may never know for sure. Like everyone else, we surely become accustomed to the local smells. We haven’t had any complaints yet.