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I am in Eagle Harbor, wow, the number of green/black decks in our marina is amazing. I think it is due to the large number of Evergreens right on the shoreline. At least that is the theory that I came up with.

Especially on the south side of the harbor.

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Just to be clear, my intent with this post was just to rant and kick up some dust from fellow sufferers, not so much to solicit solutions, though I appreciate those as well.

I can see using bleach to kill the mold, but it would not remove it right? I mean, the black spots must be gone! I find using a light rub of the scotch brite removes about as much gelcoat as a high grit sandpaper. I happen to prefer Softscrub for most of my hull cleaning needs, as it has bleach and a mild abrasive. I use it especially on the transom for soot and such.

Anyone else have these orange dots appearing on your boats this winter? It is the first time I have seen them and I'm scratching my head about what they are. They are scattered all over my boat, and there are no obvious solutions other than a growth of some sort.

And just for fun:

There's a pox on my boat called mildew
And there's very little I can do
To remove the stuff
Without getting gruff
That fungus makes me askew

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Oh, and for location, just this weekend I moved our boat from Bainbridge back up to her normal home in Friday Harbor. Had a great trip with my boys. First night in Port Townsend, and then across the Straits in benign conditions to Friday Harbor. And yes, the mildew seemed way worse here on Bainbridge than up in the San Juans. Go figure.

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Try this; First you'd kill the nasties with a bleach/soap solution and then buy some Woody Wax and follow the directions on the bottle. I use Collinite wax for the smooth gelcoat, but the Woody Wax treatment on my non skid really works to keep the nooks and crannies relatively clean over the sailing season here in the Northeast.
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Try this; First you'd kill the nasties with a bleach/soap solution and then buy some Woody Wax and follow the directions on the bottle. I use Collinite wax for the smooth gelcoat, but the Woody Wax treatment on my non skid really works to keep the nooks and crannies relatively clean over the sailing season here in the Northeast.
$$$$, yikes!!!!

Amazon.com: Fiberglass & Non-Skid Deck Wax 16 oz. Spray: Sports & Outdoors

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$53 is a rip off, but if you keep searching on Amazon, you'll find it for about $33--same at Defender. I's about $40 at West Marine. BTW, even at that price I held out for a long time. I finally gave in and--after trying it for 2 seasons--decided it was worth the price.
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GREETINGS EARTHLINGS :- Try baby bottle sterilizing fluid this has worked for me when other things have failed. It was recommended to a builder by a 96 year old house keeper when trying to cure a mold problem in another house here in UK. AS ALWAYS GO SAFE
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GREETINGS EARTHLINGS :- Try baby bottle sterilizing fluid this has worked for me when other things have failed. It was recommended to a builder by a 96 year old house keeper when trying to cure a mold problem in another house here in UK. AS ALWAYS GO SAFE
OK, that is very original.

Something like this?

Amazon.com: MILTON STERILLSING FLUID 500 ML: Health & Personal Care Amazon.com: MILTON STERILLSING FLUID 500 ML: Health & Personal Care


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I suffer thru something similar. I have barn swallows that use my boat for a habitat when I'm not around which not only stains my deck but helps fertilize the mold. My solution has been to use Soft Scrub with bleach and then apply woody wax. Soft scrub is for fiberglass showers why not boats? It sparkles after that. Much easier to keep clean. I've been using "Nu-finish" on my hull which has been amazing for a fraction of the price. Scrub,buff and apply two coats. "The once a year car wax"; it's recommended for boats. Hopefully it doesn't ruin my gel-coat for future painting down the road.
I'm going to try a little on the deck this year. I'm concerned that it may make the deck to slippery.
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wonder what's in it? hydrogen peroxide?
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