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Rick U posted 06-14-2011 01:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for Rick U   Send Email to Rick U  
What are you 190 owners doing to minimize the mold that accumulates in the bilge? I keep tools and some tackle in the aft storage compartments and everything in there just gets trashed. I've never dealt with such an air tight bilge. I think the only place the bilge gets fresh air might be through the rod holders at the live well.
Jefecinco posted 06-14-2011 06:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
I don't store stuff in the aft compartments of my 190 because they are difficult to get/keep dry. If I was going to do it I would put some Drideck down to get my stuff off the fiberglass deck. I'd also do my best to make sure the area is completely dry and since it connects with the bilge pump well that may present a challenge. Finally I'd open the circular access hatches to encourage evaporation of any lingering moisture and ventilation. Covering your boat may prevent any rain entering the bilge area.

I'd recommend opening the engine well hatch for added ventilation but that would encourage rain and condensate to enter the area even with a cover applied.

Butch

Jefecinco posted 06-14-2011 06:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
I don't store stuff in the aft compartments of my 190 because they are difficult to get/keep dry. If I was going to do it I would put some Drideck down to get my stuff off the fiberglass deck. I'd also do my best to make sure the area is completely dry and since it connects with the bilge pump well that may present a challenge. Finally I'd open the circular access hatches to encourage evaporation of any lingering moisture and ventilation. Covering your boat may prevent any rain entering the bilge area.

I'd recommend opening the engine well hatch for added ventilation but that would encourage rain and condensate to enter the area even with a cover applied.

Butch

Jefecinco posted 06-14-2011 06:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
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Rick U posted 06-14-2011 09:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rick U  Send Email to Rick U     
I was wondering if one of those solar powered ventilation fans somewhere in the bilge cavern would move enough air to stop the greenhouse effect? If so what about a fan motor in the same area as the fuel tank?
Jefecinco posted 06-15-2011 09:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
Rick,

That's an interesting question. If you're not using a cover or storing your boat inside I doubt you'll have much success regardless of what is tried. Moisture is the enemy and with an uncovered boat any rain and/or condensate will find it's way into the bilge.

Assuming you are preventing moisture entry to the extent possible adding a solar powered fan may cure or at least minimize the mold problem. Perhaps a fan mounted to a spare circular hatch cover to fit one of the access port next to the bait well could be used for suction with the opposite side cover removed for air entry. It may help to plug the rod holders thus maximizing cross flow. It probably wouldn't hurt to remove the garboard drain plug to allow some air flow around the bilge pump well. Using the fan as a blower vs a sucker may work as well or even better.

I think it could be worth a try if simpler methods fail.

Of course, the easiest solution is to store your stuff in the RPS, console, or off the boat. I use the RPS with Drideck on the deck and have not yet had a mold problem. Being OC everything has a container unless it is beyond ridiculous to use one. I keep the boat covered and raise the trailer tongue jack to it's maximum. So far so good.

Butch

Rick U posted 06-15-2011 10:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Rick U  Send Email to Rick U     
I dont have a trailer. The boat is in the water year round. There will always be some water in the bilge, that's not avoidable or the issue. It's the clammy air space above that's getting all the condensation. I like the opposing fan idea. I've only seen those fans used in cabins and worry they may not be safe in the bilge area.
Jefecinco posted 06-15-2011 02:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
Rick,

I think you'll find the water in the bilge is the issue. I hope not, but the space will always be clammy if water is present because evaporation will always take place and as evening temperatures go down the moist air will condense on everything around it. A fan may move enough air to eliminate condensation or at least to minimize it. I hope so.

Butch

Chuck Tribolet posted 06-16-2011 01:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Or at least dry things out quickly during the day, which the
mildew won't like.


Chuck

wezie posted 06-16-2011 07:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for wezie  Send Email to wezie     
The solar fan will help.
It may not fix the whole problem, with the boat in the water.
There are two of them. One has a battery to run at night.
A bit if clorox will set the mildew back a few days.
The initial treatment may take more, but
after that a little will go a long way.
I would add a little liq soap one time and then clorox the next.
Ridge Runner posted 06-18-2011 01:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ridge Runner  Send Email to Ridge Runner     
You could try one of the damp check products. http://dampcheck.com/products.html
Rick U posted 06-19-2011 01:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rick U  Send Email to Rick U     
I took all 4 access plates off and will leave the holes uncovered for a few days and see if that amount of air will lessen the greenhouse. Im not sure if what I'm getting is mold or mildew but I assume fresh air will combat either one. I'm thinking about spraying some bathroom cleaner in the cavern to help kill and clean whats there. Is there any reason I should not? Will bathroom spray harm fuel lines and wires?
Whaler_Jack posted 06-22-2011 10:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaler_Jack  Send Email to Whaler_Jack     
When I take the boat out of the water and take it to the car wash I spray the aft hatches out and the bilge. I then spray Clorox Cleanup in those compartment wipe them dry and leave the compartments open. That includes the RPS and console. I remove all the life jacket and stuff out and leave them on the deck or rails. I'm in Houston so, we have plenty of mold and humidity. Put it in the storage and seldom have any mold in the boat.

Jack

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