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As people here have pointed out, a mild bleach solution is generally a good way to get rid of it. However, if the mold is on wood, you will probably need to bleach the wood with oxalic acid to get rid of the discoloration in the wood itself.
Last year, one company released a new prophylatic spray treatment that is supposed to help prevent mold and mildew, specifically designed for the marine environment. I don't remember who makes it though.
The only way to really prevent the problem is to ventilate the boat well and keep the humidity down. If you keep air flowing through the lockers and cabin, then mold has little chance to grab hold and grow.
Wiping surfaces down with vinegar will help prevent mold and help remove unwanted odors from the boat.
I would highly recommend installing solar-powered ventilators, like those designed and sold under the Nicro brand name. I have two installed on my boat, and they have helped a great deal with keeping the temperature of the boat down in the summer time.
Also, you should spend some time tracking down any leaks, since the less water that gets into the boat, the easier it is to prevent mold and mildew. Even a small leak can contribute a lot to mold and mildew problems.
Another reason to hunt down and properly repair and seal any cabin leaks, is that they are often the cause of serious boat problems, like rotting bulkheads, core delamination, etc. that are very expensive to repair if not caught early.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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