The Smells of a Sailboat


Anyone that has ever been aboard a boat of any kind knows that boats all have certain smells to them – especially older boats. This is unavoidable. Boats live on the water, and with that comes humidity. Humidity can cause those nooks and crannies to become breeding grounds for molds and mildew. Although you can clean and bleach probably most places aboard, there will be those places that are impossible to reach. The far corners of the bilge, the hull just behind the galley sink, places like these are where some of the smells can come from. You might be able to rid the boat of most of these by cleaning and spraying into the tight areas, but you just can’t get to all of it.

Then there are the smells out on the ocean. When you’re miles out from the land you mostly smell the salty ocean air. As you sail towards land you start to pick up the smells of dirt and trees. Watching Dog Friday as we approach land, her nose starts twitching as she raises her head for a better smell every now and then. Click below for Page 2!

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About Captain Tom

Over 10 years sailing and over 3500 miles under our keel. Was an engineer (EE) for over 30 years, then after moving into management, decided that the corporate world was no longer for me. Ran my wife's law office for 15 years and recently retired. Now we live aboard and sail the California coast, soon to leave for the Sea of Cortez.
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