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Milepost43 posted 04-07-2004 09:36 PM ET (US)   Profile for Milepost43   Send Email to Milepost43  
Will have new BW 220 Dauntless on lift in covered marina slip in about 2 wks. First time for me to use a slip. While boat won't be in the water(fresh) would like advice on how to control moisture/mildew. Also, have a fold-down Bimini top. Will have a trailering cover I plan to use while on lift in slip for bird/spider droppings.

Thinking I will keep cover loose and hatches open. What about cleaning 2 live wells? Saw a small fan device at Westmarine to circ heated air. Good idea for console/bilge area?

Any "tricks" appreciated.

bigjohn1 posted 04-08-2004 06:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1 don't mention what geographical area you're from so I'll take a "general" stab at this. First, I'd say buying that cover is the best investments you have made in keeping your boat in as good a shape as possible given that you will not store it inside a garage. It has always perplexed me driving through neighborhoods or at marinas and seeing expensive boats sitting there and UNCOVERED year-round.

I'd say try to get the inside as dry as possible before covering it so as not to trap moisture inside. Still, most quality boat covers "breath" adequately enough to allow a level of drying of water in the boat (within reason).

I'm not sure about your model and if the seat cushions are removable but if it were me, I'd remove them when the boat was going to lay up for long periods and keep them maybe inside the garage somewhere. I say this so as not to let wet boat cushions or even dry boat cushions (in a high humidity area) stay inside your covered boat and promote mildew and rot.

Out here in the tropics, we use dehumidifiers at home to keep things dry but that is another story and perhaps not practical given the boat will be stored outside. I feel like the best place to keep a car or boat when not in use is a covered garage....and I'd even be running a dehumidifier in the garage - but alas, I am a perfectionist.

Big John

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