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Books on the sailboat - a good idea?

So I have a whole mass of books that I want to put on the boat. Paperback and hardback. But I was wondering if this a good idea? I mean, won't all the moisture that's around the boat at port ruin the books. And what if you're sea and somehow water gets below deck...that could be a problem too.
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Keeping paper dry on board starts with NO deck leaks, no window/port leaks, good ventilation and ultimately, use of a dehumidifier.

We don't live aboard, but are in the water year round in the PNW and cruise 80-100 days/year on average. We have run a Sears dehumidifier for the last 5 or 6 years and it's worked wonders at keeping things dry, mold/mildew free and paper crisp all that time.

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Re: Books on the sailboat - a good idea?

We keep quite a few books on our present boat with few or no problems. They're great to have, I read more on our boat than at home(no internet,...).

Our last boat used to destroy them. As Faster says, if you have deck leaks or poor ventilation(we had both), you're books will suffer.

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Re: Books on the sailboat - a good idea?

books are great . when they mold, throw em away. so far, i have not had moldy books on board...mebbe wet, but they dry.


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Re: Books on the sailboat - a good idea?

Books are a great thing to have anywhere - I keep at least a dozen good books on the boat all the time, and although I rotate them on and off most have stayed on the boat for a year or more with no mold or mildew problems - but the boat doesn't leak, at least not where it could get even close to any of the books.

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We do audible.com which is kinda nice; We're able to keep at least a hundred books and they're easy to get too. Another nice thing is you can jack into the aux input and have it play threw the boats system


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I've gone Kindle, been giving my paper books away, one friend got the complete set of O'Brian's books and another got the Hornblower series.
I've been able to find some pretty obscure historical stuff electronically that was hard to get on paper.
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I don't need books... the voices in my head are entertaining enough.
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One of the advantages of a book over an e-reader is you can trade or give books to other sailors...


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Re: Books on the sailboat - a good idea?

I have a Kindle also, and enjoy it, but there is a big difference between having a Kindle and having books.....having real life hardcopy books on hand makes the boat feel more like home and reading moe satisfying somehow.
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