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The key to preventing mildew and mold on a boat has two basic parts:
1) Eliminate all the leaks you can. The drier the interior of the boat, the less likely mildew or mold is likely to get a foothold.
2) Ventilate the boat well. Use material under the cushions to provide an airgap and allow any moisture there to escape. Have louvers and, if possible, small fans, in the various lockers and stowage compartments. Use solar powered vents to move air in and out of the boat.
Ideally, you should have several fans—some set on intake, others on exhaust, and they should be setup so that their is fairly decent airflow through the entire cabin if possible. If that isn't possible, setting up each cabin with its own intake and exhaust fans is another solution.
If you do this, you shouldn't need anything else. BTW, wiping down surfaces with vinegar or lemon oil will help kill mold/mildew spores and prevent them from re-occurring. IIRC, 3M also recently marketed a mold/mildew prevention spray for marine use that is designed for use on hard surfaces.
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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)
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