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I've been using DampRid bags and canisters over the last 2 months to suck as much moisture as I could out of my Catalina 250. I plan to continue this on an ongoing basis, especially on the hard in winter when I don't have continuous shore power available.
But today I found an interesting little 4 pint/day electronic "small room" dehumidifier at Home Depot for under $50. I bought it out of curiosity, but have not opened the box yet. The brand name is "Perfect Home," apparently a house brand that HD uses for sundries like furniture casters. They don't even have it listed on their website, so I can't get full specs. But the display unit had a 12 v brick adapter (didn't bother to check wattage). This unit looks similar to some other Peltier dehumidifiers available online.
If I do decide to keep it I will use it at the dock, and use the DampRid on the hard.
Have any of you tried any of these little dehumidifiers? Are they just junk, or do they have usefulness for a confined space like found in a 25' boat?
I realize that conventional wisdom is to buy two of the Nicro solar vents (on blowing in, the other blowing out), but on such a small boat I really don't have much horizontal cabintop space to locate them.
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1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)
Last edited by TakeFive; 06-06-2010 at 08:16 AM.