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The good news is, after a single night of having insulation installed and running the heater at full throttle, the boat is now DRY. The window frames have stopped sweating and my clothing is all dry. I still have two long panels to cut and install on the bulkheads in the v-berth, but that's all.

I'm mightily impressed.
I had a similar experience as you. This is my first winter aboard, and we stayed on during Sandy. I did everything wrong when I comes to condensation. I buttoned up the boat tight, kept bringing in wet foul-weather gear, made pasta (was warm and tasty, so I don't see it totally wrong) and only had a firepot (extremely closely watched) for heat. Every surface was dripping.

When they brought power back on, I ran a heater, cracked a vent, and am completely dry. I didn't add any insulation though. I think its all about ventilation... atleast for me. Warm air from heater absorbs the moisture, then escapes thru the hatch I have cracked open.
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The good news is, after a single night of having insulation installed and running the heater at full throttle, the boat is now DRY. The window frames have stopped sweating and my clothing is all dry. I still have two long panels to cut and install on the bulkheads in the v-berth, but that's all.

I'm mightily impressed.
Are you using an adhesive to attach it? also, did you put it in the ports?

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In Maine, we ventilate and dehumidify.
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Are you using an adhesive to attach it? also, did you put it in the ports?
I put it in the ports and hatches. I did not use adhesive, I simply cut it snug and let friction hold it in. I will periodically pop it out to make sure that nothing grungy is growing behind it.

If you insist on attaching the insulation somehow, I suggest using small squares or strips of velcro, so that you can remove it when the weather is warmer.

I actually sail my boat, so I don't want any of this stuff to be permanent. It's unsightly, and in plain view. I only tolerate it because winter is coming on.

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Am getting back into boating and remember that the material used to make Hypervent is actually a common material used somewhere else - maybe construction, for a hell of a lot less money. Does anyone recall where to find it outside the marine world?
It kind of reminds me of roof ridge vent material, but I think it only comes in strips.

modernbuilderssupply.com: Air Vent Easy Up Rolled Ridge Vent - Black

I know people say they use wood slats from Ikea to hold the cushions up and allow air circulation. I would imagine the Froli springs would help as well.
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I put it in the ports and hatches. I did not use adhesive, I simply cut it snug and let friction hold it in. I will periodically pop it out to make sure that nothing grungy is growing behind it.

If you insist on attaching the insulation somehow, I suggest using small squares or strips of velcro, so that you can remove it when the weather is warmer.

I actually sail my boat, so I don't want any of this stuff to be permanent. It's unsightly, and in plain view. I only tolerate it because winter is coming on.
I sail mine as well, however I want a more permanent and aesthetically pleasing (I am a girl after all) solution. I am installing the insulation and then placing a painted facade over it. Thought being that it will keep warm in winter and help keep cool in summer.

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Re: Winter Moisture Control

Ah, for keeping cool in the summer, I'll put Reflectix in the windows, and stretch a white or silver tarp over a portion of the cabin top. The Reflectix is much thinner and easier to work with.

I also have a CruiseAir air-conditioning unit so...

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Re: Winter Moisture Control

I just use a small west marine floor heater, I have to say winter is no biggie here at 48 north, I dont do anything special and even the few weeks a year when its in the teens with ice around the boat, frozen docks and high wind I'm never cold and I'm from So cal. I let my heater run on low 24 hours a day during the coldest part of winter so the boat never gets beneath about 40 and is easy enough to heat up. I haven't done anything special as I sail year round and want to be able to leave in a moments notice.
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Re: Winter Moisture Control

does anyone use a woodstove to heat with? how does that stack up for keeping out the winter dampness?


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Re: Winter Moisture Control

I've lined my boat with bubble wrap (on the inside) and used Damp Rid. We also don't heat the interior excessively. That seems to help minimize the moisture.

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