Mildew suppression/prevention - SailNet Community
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 23 Old 07-24-2008 Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Southern Ontario
Posts: 117
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
Mildew suppression/prevention

So we sail on eastern lake Ontario where it has been a very wet/humid summer. We were on our boat last weekend after a couple of weeks away and found a faint line of mildew where a stowed sail was touching the hull. We unloaded the boat of all sails/pfd's etc. and did a thorough inspection. Found what I would call some minor mildew. We plan to do a thorough scrubbing of the boat this weekend with a mild bleach solution. Just wondering if anyone has any specific advice for products that stink less than bleach that work for suppressing mildew.
farmboy is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 23 Old 07-24-2008
Senior Member
 
Freesail99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 4,507
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 10
 
Send a message via Yahoo to Freesail99
Put in a solar vent or two and getting the air moving, will go a long way in stopping the mold and mildew.

S/V Scheherazade
-----------------------
I had a dream, I was sailing, I was happy, I was even smiling. Then I looked down and saw that I was on a multi-hull and woke up suddenly in a cold sweat.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Freesail99 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 23 Old 07-24-2008
Telstar 28
 
sailingdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,290
Thanks: 0
Thanked 14 Times in 12 Posts
Rep Power: 14
         
Ventilation and sealing off the leaks are the best way to prevent mildew and mold. If you don't stop the leaks, it will take a lot more ventilation to prevent the mold.

Sailingdog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Telstar 28
New England

You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
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)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
sailingdog is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 23 Old 07-24-2008
Senior Member
 
Maine Sail's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Maine Coast
Posts: 5,828
Thanks: 19
Thanked 213 Times in 162 Posts
Rep Power: 16
       
Quote:
Originally Posted by Freesail99 View Post
Put in a solar vent or two and getting the air moving, will go a long way in stopping the mold and mildew.
Yes!!! Or you could try desert sailing I hear that's very dry..

In all seriousness bleach & water works well but DO NOT let it sit in the bilge. Bleach & stainless keel bolts don't like each other. Be sure to rinse and dilute any bleach water that makes it to the bilge. Oh and wear rubber gloves.

Solar vents REALLY work!!

______
-Maine Sail / CS-36T


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.




© Images In Posts Property of Compass Marine Inc.


Maine Sail is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 23 Old 07-24-2008
Senior Member
 
Whampoa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Docked in Oriental.NC USA
Posts: 164
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
I agree wth the comments above about the need to increase the amount of ventilation.


Here in the south, I use plain white vinegar to wipe up any mildew that occurs. It works pretty well, wont dissolve your boat and doesn't drve you out of the boat.
Whampoa is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 23 Old 07-24-2008
Reward for lost Kraken!
 
hellosailor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 11,449
Thanks: 5
Thanked 132 Times in 129 Posts
Rep Power: 11
   
There are "oxy" cleaners, and hydrogen peroxide, and fancier ways to get rid of mildew but bleach is the most cost effective. Remember that you want to THOROUGHLY RINSE any chemicals off the sail and the hull, and if you thoroughly rinse off bleach--there won't be any more smell. Think of the odor as a good thing, it tells you when you have rinsed well enough.

With the heat and humidity the east coast has been having this summer "a trace" of mildew shouldn't be a surprise.

As others have said, the solar vents are one of the best ways to combat mildew. Maybe more expensive than mildecides in the short run--but it's so nice NOT TO HAVE TO CLEAN!
hellosailor is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #7 of 23 Old 07-26-2008
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Northeast
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Which Day/Night Solar Vent?

Which Day/Night Solar Vent?
I just got a new-to-us 28' Pearson, and I'm interested in getting two Day/Night Solar Vents (as described at BoatUs's boattech/vents page. But which one should I get? In my opinion, mildew and mold are lethal for boats, so this is at the top of my list and I want to get a good quality, reliable one.

What is your experience with Day/Night Solar Vents? Which ones would you recommend to get, and to stay away from? Good warrantee? Am I looking for the right thing, or has the technology been updated since the writing of that BoatUS article? Thanks!

PS: We have two windscoops in on the cabin top in the middle of the boat.
ecpersson is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #8 of 23 Old 07-27-2008
Senior Member
 
billangiep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Florida Gulf Coast
Posts: 295
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 12
 
To add to the suggestions above I burn a hundred watt light bulb 24/7 while dockside and along with the solar vent have had no mold issues.
billangiep is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #9 of 23 Old 07-27-2008
Senior Member
 
Freesail99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 4,507
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 10
 
Send a message via Yahoo to Freesail99
Ecpersson, I have two of these.

S/V Scheherazade
-----------------------
I had a dream, I was sailing, I was happy, I was even smiling. Then I looked down and saw that I was on a multi-hull and woke up suddenly in a cold sweat.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Freesail99 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #10 of 23 Old 07-27-2008 Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Southern Ontario
Posts: 117
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
Leaks are also a problem. Unfortunately, I am often away from my boat for a couple of weeks at a time. When I return to it, there is usually a bit of water in the bilge and a bit more in the lazarette. This really annoys me. Last weekend I sat on the boat for a while during pouring rain. I couldn't see water coming in anywhere. I think that it may be an issue of wind direction when it is raining. I am still mulling over what I am going to do about this. My boat is an older Shark24, and when the companionway is closed, there are some small openings. Any input is appreciated.
farmboy is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
mildew neophyte2006 Boat Review and Purchase Forum 12 11-29-2009 09:27 PM
Mildew wind_magic General Discussion (sailing related) 13 05-27-2008 05:28 AM
Green Mildew on teak-Bleach,Oxalicacid... Finallybuyingaboat Gear & Maintenance 4 09-23-2007 10:46 AM
Mildew, Moisture, and Winterization? DrB Boat Review and Purchase Forum 1 04-15-2007 09:59 PM
Bilge Mildew DFA Gear & Maintenance 0 11-08-2004 06:25 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome