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Hi there,

We have a 30-foot Columbia sailboat and I noticed that my spinnaker had gotten wet, after we dried it out there was mold spots on it, does anyone know how to get rid if these and also over the winter months I check on it once a week but there is a bit of mold on the teak I clean it iff but a week or two later it's back, any suggestions?

My wife and I also hope to meet other cruising sailers in our area, we sail in the Gulf Islands and San Juan's mostly. We live in Victoria, BC.

Happy sailing
Mark & Laura

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Welcome aboard! Always nice to see BCers join up..

Mildew can be persistent and you need to thoroughly clean the areas and then try some measures to prevent its return.

We've had good success with running low heat and a dehumidifier for the last few winters. It's important, though, to be sure you don't have ongoing deck or portlight leaks. It also helps to keep as dry a bilge as possible.

Failing that it's important to keep some air movement - even a cracked hatch (under a tarp or a hatch tent) and/or a fan or two will help keep mildew at bay. Computer 'muffin' fans work well here.

Try not to stack cushions and sailbags on top of each other - ventilation is the key. Setting all cushions on edge and away from the hull is another helpful trick.

If sails get wet you can't simply stuff them and leave them. Take them home and spread them out to dry before repacking - esp nylon sails.


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