Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Gig Harbor, WA
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I also would recommend a dehumidifier. I've used one on two boats now and I'm completely sold. I use a household model that runs on 120 AC. It isn't super small, measuring 10x13 inches and 19 inches tall. It has a humidistat so you can set the amount of humidity you want. It has three fan speeds but I always have it on the highest as that helps to circulate the air. It has a hose that I have routed to the galley sink so I never have to drain the bucket. I put the end of the hose into an empty water bottle in the sink so that when I get to the boat I have a pint of distilled water to top off the batteries. The boat stays very dry, even though I have some fresh water leaks and it rains here all the time. Since my boat is relatively large, I put a WM TurboDryer in the forward and after cabins. This provides very low heat and a slow fan to help circulate air. There are solar vents in the aft head and main salon as well which I allow to run so the boat smells fresh.
We leave the dehumidifier on the boat running all year round. The only hassle is taking it off the boat and putting it in the dock box when we go cruising. If we are just going out for a day sail, or quick overnight, we just bungy it to the mast and it doesn't go anywhere.
M/V Kinship, North Pacific 43
S/V Legacy, Catalina 400 MkII, Hull #328