The big stink and boat-brain

View from our mast top

For a couple of weeks now there has been a peculiar smell every time I open the cabinet under the galley sink. At first I didn’t think much of it and tried to remedy it by getting rid of an old sponge and looking for a leak for possible mildew. Everything was dry and clean. Odd.

Yesterday I decided to investigate further. Below the cabinet (in te bilge) is our main canned goods storage and I thought maybe a can of food had leaked. So I started removing all canned goods and washing them. Before breakfast. I figured it would be a quick task in the cooler part of the day and we could have breakfast after I was done. Au contraire. 
After removing all cans and deeming them in good condition the smell seemed to be getting worse. I started digging deeper and removed more items from the cabinet (wait, didn’t I just do this last week?). Soon the entire galley was filled with stuff. Mike brought in the dock hose so “while we were at it” we could rinse the entire bilge. 
After much rinsing, scrubbing, spilling water and sniffing around we figured out that the big stink was coming from the sink drain hose. Apparently after 12 years it needs to be replaced. Who knew? So instead of putting everything back we went into town to try to find replacement hose. Of course they are not available at the local chandlery but luckily my folks are currently in California and will bring us some new hose when they get home. We finally did have some lunch in town. 
Lesson learned: Never think a boat project will be quick!
Do you ever get BOAT BRAIN? While I was soaking up the rest of the water from the bilge into a bowl I got a case of boat-brain. I dumped the entire contents of the bowl back into the galley sink – the galley sink we had just removed the hose from.

The inside of 12 year old galley drain hose. I promise I won’t post our head hoses when the time comes….

I didn’t want to leave you with that last image so here are some pretty palm trees

12 Responses

    1. Thanks Deb! I had tried that before but I think this hose was just too old. Not to mention it was corrugated so I think everything stuck to the insides. When we get new (smooth walled) hose I will be do it more often!

  1. Anonymous

    have you tried closing the thruhull and filling the hose with vinegar. let soak. It may buy you some time (better smelling air) till the new hose arrives.

  2. Good thing you finally found the source of the stench! You’re right about the corrugated hose…they seem to ‘grab and hold’ more stuff than they drain.

    Seriously funny ‘boat brain’ comment! Makes me think of times when we inadvertently put the milk in the pantry or one time when I put my car keys in the fridge!


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