Mailport: Water heater mystery smell



I just read your Waypoints blog post “Hot Water Heater Installation Tips,” and wanted to share my experience. I recently installed a 6-gallon Kuuma 120VAC/engine heat-exchanger type water heater. I typically fill my water tanks in the spring and once or twice again throughout the summer as needed. I use well water to fill my water tanks but filter all the water through a Culligan 5-micron filter as I fill the tanks. I then treat the tank with bleach and hit it with a Camco TastePure water purifier, even though we don’t drink the water. I make sure to open the taps briefly each time I’m on the boat just to keep things stirred up a bit.

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Darrell Nicholson
Darrell Nicholson is Director of Belvoir Media Group's marine division and the editor of Practical Sailor. A lifelong thalassophile, he grew up sailing everything from El Toro dinghies to classic Morgans on Miami's Biscayne Bay. In the early 90s, he left a newspaper job to sail an old gaff-rigged ketch across the Pacific and has been writing about boats and the sea ever since. His weekly blog Inside Practical Sailor offers an inside look at current research and gear tests at Practical Sailor, while his award-winning column,"Rhumb Lines," tracks boating trends and reflects upon the sailing life. He sails a Sparkman & Stephens-designed Yankee 30 out of St. Petersburg, Florida. You can reach him at