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Discussion in 'Post Yacht' started by Bella Vita, May 24, 2018.

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  1. Bella Vita

    Bella Vita New Member

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    We are the happy new 3rd owners of a beautiful 1998 POST 42 that's always been in the Great Lakes. It runs beautifully and is in excellent condition. The only problem is the intense perfumy smell permeating the salon and staterooms (but the head smells wonderful - how ironic!) We just cannot figure out what could be causing this problem, as it is just too intense of a smell to not fix. The previous owner does not respond to our inquires, but we are optimistic that he will soon. We did notice this smell when we purchased it but thought the owners were just using too many plug-in air fresheners.
    • We've had the carpets, valances, and leather sofas professionally cleaned.
    • We've changed all bedding and aired out the mattresses.
    • All head hoses were replaced a couple of years ago.
    • We've flushed & cleaned the head holding tank extensively thinking is might be full of a perfume based liquid.
    • We've cleaned out all ducts and are presently replacing the duct work.
    • No standing water problem with air conditioner condenser units.
    • Engine room and bilge are both spotless.
    Any suggestions?
  2. porthole

    porthole Member

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    Stink bugs ?
  3. sigarn

    sigarn New Member

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    Wow thats a new one. Usually it's the opposite and the smell is a bad one. If it was me I would try using an Ozone Generator to remove it. There are commercial companies that do this. Aside from that, I'm at a loss.
  4. Seth Fisher

    Seth Fisher New Member

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    Funny you mention this. I ran into the prior owner of our Post and he said one of the reasons he sold was the smell. I noticed it st first but after thorough cleaning and placing de-oderizers it went away. I think it’s something in the fiberglass or wood superstructure.
  5. YachtForums

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    Do you think the previous owner was trying to cover up an existing smell by dowsing the interior with perfume? Or maybe the boat was used as a brothel? ;)
  6. olderboater

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    You mentioned plug-in air fresheners. Well, to start with they are very toxic and often used to try to cover up odors. However, one other thing I once ran across. Once they die and are cast aside, they're even worse if anything. If they smell like air fresheners you need to search everywhere for old ones that somehow didn't go out with the trash. Now, once they've been there, the smell lasts for months and takes a lot of effort to rid. It will take serious commercial level (can be rented) air purifiers.
  7. Maxwell

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    May want to try an Ozanator... We used these often when I was in the hotel industry and a guest would smoke in a non-smoking room... Leave it run for awhile, but let everything air out well before anyone occupies the boat etc...
  8. RER

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    I have never understand for the life of me anyone choosing to breathe that crap into their lungs.
  9. RER

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    ...or understood.
  10. JWY

    JWY Senior Member

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    I have seen the disposable clothes softener sheets that people use in their clothes dryers put in the airconditioning vents. Maybe check that out.
  11. Bella Vita

    Bella Vita New Member

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    Everyone has given great ideas and suggestions! THANKS ALL!
  12. chesapeake46

    chesapeake46 Senior Member

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    P.S. congrats on the new boat. Good luck.
  13. Seth Fisher

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    i bought an oil infusser, works great and is better than the plug in...

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