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cabin humidity

i am planning on an island hopping campaign in the future. i have concerns about the effects of the humid marine environment inside the cabin of the boat on wooden things like guitars and bows and arrows.
does anyone have any experience? does it make the instrument's glue joints or finish deteriorate? what effect does it have on tuning?
i am looking at carbon fiber replacements for these items on the boat. or am i just being overly worried?
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We've taken guitars on board for years, but not for long periods of time (just a couple of months) and not in the tropics..

Instinctively I'd think that lack of humidity might be more damaging than the opposite. You'll want a good case. There will definitely be an initial effect but once acclimatized I'd think you'll be OK. CF instruments might well be overkill... money better spent on the boat.

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I had a 12-string Yamaha acoustic guitar on a boat in Chesapeake Bay for a couple years and never experienced a problem. Of course you must maintain the guitar by keeping it waxed and wiping the strings, things that you would normally do in your home. Additionally, when not in use it must be kept in a case, preferably a hard case to protect it from banging around in the boat and getting damaged.

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