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Old 11-21-2011, 01:34 PM
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I am trying to restore a dual layered fiberglass hull boat, which sank in freshwater for 4 months. It appears to have mildew and mold between the inner and outer layer of fiberglass. Any advice on how to get rid of the stink?

I was thinking of filling inside of boat with bleach water, and driving it around on a bumpy road. Any advice is appreciated
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If there is any wet foam in the boat, that is the culprit.
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Old 11-21-2011, 02:29 PM
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I suspect you will need to separate the cap from the hull to properly clean it out and remove the wet foam. It will never dry on it's own and even if the smell goes away it will be back as soon as it gets wet again.
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my fiberglass smells like rotten A-hole

Now that's funny.
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Dang....what does a non-rotten a-hole smell like compared to a rotten one?
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how do you know what a rotten a hole smells like?
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exactly what I was thinking
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yes, give anal bleaching a try, if that doesnt work your gona have to dig it out by hand.....
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that smell is rotting fiberglass, not foam. fiberglass does decompose into this sap type fluid. smells rancid. i dont think you can get rid of it
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Guys I just joined yesterday and already I am cracking up...

fibreglass shouldn't get very moldy unless something is on the surface of it (oil etc). If there is something that absorbs water, then that is what will be the problem. If it dries out, the smell might go away until it gets wet again... You need to find what is holding the water: carpet, foam, etc...

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Did you try a manpon?
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Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
that smell is rotting fiberglass, not foam. fiberglass does decompose into this sap type fluid. smells rancid. i dont think you can get rid of it
I have dealt with two Boston Whalers that had water saturated foam that smelled like the OP described.
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yes, give anal bleaching a try, if that doesnt work your gona have to dig it out by hand.....
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Did you try a manpon?
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Thanks for all the solid replies. I guess I kinda asked for it, h'uh? Anyways, the boat is a 2007 Cobalt 25. Im not sure, but I dont think it is foam filled. We have removed all the seat cushions, so there is no foam there either.

I am assuming that the foam you are talking about Paul, is the foam spray in filling between the fiberglass layers...
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Originally Posted by Wraypau View Post
Thanks for all the solid replies. I guess I kinda asked for it, h'uh? Anyways, the boat is a 2007 Cobalt 25. Im not sure, but I dont think it is foam filled. We have removed all the seat cushions, so there is no foam there either.

I am assuming that the foam you are talking about Paul, is the foam spray in filling between the fiberglass layers...

I was talking about flotation foam. It can take on a horrible odor once it gets wet, stays wet and stagnates for a while. I don't know how it may be used on Cobalts.
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In my experience, non-gel coated fiberglass can absorb odors. I had a family of raccoons move into a ski boat over the winter. By the time I found them, there had been enough raccoon poop and urine left in the boat that the smell got into the glass. I found nothing that removed it and wound up having to put a layer of glass over it.
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In my experience, non-gel coated fiberglass can absorb odors. I had a family of raccoons move into a ski boat over the winter. By the time I found them, there had been enough raccoon poop and urine left in the boat that the smell got into the glass. I found nothing that removed it and wound up having to put a layer of glass over it.
So I guess you could say your boat smelled like "coontang" by the end of winter?
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One second thought I would leave it just the way it is! A good rotten A-hole blast will keep the A-holes away from you when you are fishing your honey hole! Rotten hole always saves the the honey hole!
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Originally Posted by Wharfrat1963 View Post
So I guess you could say your boat smelled like "coontang" by the end of winter?
aaaaaaahaaaaaaaaa good one my friend thats what the white house smells like
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Originally Posted by allureobx View Post
aaaaaaahaaaaaaaaa good one my friend thats what the white house smells like
hahaha thats a better one!!
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