No, the compartments are completely empty except for perhaps a teaspoon or three of sea water that leaks thru from spray in lumpy water, but I rinse that out with fresh and towel it dry, but even with all of that, even after a few hours of being close up, in warm weather, it makes a smell. It's not an utterly horrible smell, but still, you cN TELL THERES SOME KIND OF MOLD OR BACTERIA THAT HAS SOMEHOW PERMEATED THEse spaces (sorry, didnt see caps lock was on).
Still, an ounce of mouthwash I find really does help -- but then, this is a many-year-old plastic kayak that I bought used, 12 months ago, so I guess some of this is to be expected.
But you figure vinegar and/or bleach is worth a shot? You think vinegar or maybe bleach is better than mouthwash? Easier on the sealant used to hold the bulkheads in place? Good enough --- I'll try it, and thanks for the suggestion.
Anything I put in these spaces is either in it's own hermitically sealed bag/container, like my sleeping bags, clothes, etc, or it's canned (like food), so it's not THAT big a deal, still, its an unpleasant odor and I'd like to be rid of it although I guess that might not be impossible in this old of a 'yak.
Yeah, bleach is a good idea --- lethal on bacteria and mould --- I just hope it doesn't ruin my bulkhead-glue.
Thanks for the suggestions.
Edited by cyberhun (05/18/08 03:37 PM)