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Sorry, I was mistaken in thinking you wanted something for use when away from the boat and it was closed up ? Afraid the "small portable" part threw me off. I just need to keep mold from growing in the dark places, my Kindle is always crisp and I'm used to lumpy sugar.
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I sense what you're thinking about is a dehumidifier based on a peltier compressor design. Finding one that allows for a drain hose to be attached is going to take some research (if one even exists). If you're going to be on the boat once a week, a drain hose probably isn't critical.

What I've found most effective is good ventilation coupled with keeping the bilge dry. If it's summer (ie not raining much), your hatches and ports seal well, you keep the bilge completely dry, and you're ventilating the boat every weekend; I doubt you're going to have much of a problem. You may want to buy a small hydrometer that records highs and lows (look for small digital thermometer/hydrometer) to keep track of humidity levels before you start going crazy and spending a lot of money.

My experience has been that peltier dehumidifiers only last about a year and do not circulate the air enough to provide coverage for the entire boat (ie two are required). However, they are small and use surprisingly little electricity, and they actually do remove water from the air instead of just heating the air above the dewpoint.

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In the PNW, I'd dare say a dehumidifier is one of the more important pieces of boat/sail preservation gear that one can own for 6-9 months of the year.
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In the PNW, I'd dare say a dehumidifier is one of the more important pieces of boat/sail preservation gear that one can own for 6-9 months of the year.
Exactly.
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There are two kinds of dehumidifiers...
You left out the Peltier type, which do not have a compressor, but do remove moisture (~5-10x faster than bags or canisters). They are not a fraud, and might be ideal for many marine applications, especially small boats.
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Hi All,

I have not found any distributor for a peltier type here in Ontario, and finding a mini dehumidifier is next to impossible.
I'd have to import something instead.

Unless there is another poster out there who resides in the Toronto area, and who can direct me to a dealer?
So far, Amazon.com, Ebay, and other U.S. based online mailing services are the only sources.
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Finally, after a whole year, Home Depot has the one I purchased on their website. It says internet only, though. Not sure what their policy is for shipping to Canada:

Perfect Home 4-Pint Dehumidifier - EWDH4 at The Home Depot

A search of homedepot.ca did not turn up this item.
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Home Depot Cda do not carry it, nor a comparable model, and in order to buy it, I'd have to import it on my own. They do not have a companion cross inventory arrangement, (doh!).
Being in the Customs industry, that's not an issue per say, but I'd perfer to source it locally if possible.
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The manual refers to mcappliance.com for warranty information. "mc" stands for Magic Chef, which has become a holding company for many other brand names including Sunbeam, Oster, and others. The item itself is made in China, so it's going to be imported no matter what. But maybe they market it in CA under one of their other brand names.
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