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09-14-2013 03:50 AM
mr-canada
Re: New Northeast Liveboard - First Condensation/Mildew Battle

Sorry to necro this thread, and imnot aliveaboard either...

I use a small ceramic space heater on low with a large home dehumidifier with a hydrometer setting on low so it only runs at the set humidity level.

I go up to the boat in the pacific northwest every 2 weeks, empty the resovoir and sleep there for two nights and putter around. Whether im sleeping there (exhaling moisture) or not it keeps the boat dry pretty well.

Expensive way to dry the boat out if you are behind the 8 ball and you have a moisture problem (raining inside the boat) but it works, you crank both of them up to maximum and dump the.resorvoir every couple days. I had to do this cost me nearly $200 in electric over.six months.

But once the boat was dry even in subzero weather both on the lowest setting kept it nice and dry. If i was aboard i would just turn up the heater for comfort.
10-17-2012 05:47 PM
Tim R.
Re: New Northeast Liveboard - First Condensation/Mildew Battle

Tim and "Catrina" are doing something similar to what we are doing. Both professionals living aboard, preparing to go cruising in a couple of years. We just started a little later.
10-17-2012 05:00 PM
Slayer
Re: New Northeast Liveboard - First Condensation/Mildew Battle

Thanks Brent and wife of Dinks14 (I will call you Catarina until I know otherwise). Somewhere along the line most of us have been convinced that there is a rule book to life that must be followed. You both are inspirational reminders that there is No rule book to life. And Catarina, I am going to share your post with my fiance.
10-17-2012 04:49 PM
DINKS14
Re: New Northeast Liveboard - First Condensation/Mildew Battle

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Originally Posted by treilley View Post
Dinks, we bought ours from Lowes. We keep it in our shower. Any time you guys want to make a trip to Portland, we would be happy to show you our setup and answer any questions you have.

Shop Soleus Powered by Gree 30-Pint 3-Speed Dehumidifier ENERGY STAR at Lowes.com
Hi Tim,

Thanks for the tips. As luck would have it, Jill and are headed to Portland for a show at Port City Music Hall Thursday night. If you're around, and don't mind the intrusion Jill and I would love to check out your setup or at least grab a beer.

Let me know if that works for you.

Tim F.
timfarrell297@gmail.com
10-17-2012 04:32 PM
Brent Swain
Re: New Northeast Liveboard - First Condensation/Mildew Battle

Stuff tight fitting sheets of 1 inch or thicker white styrofoam up into the hatches. The light will shine right thru , but it will minimize heat loss and condensation. Ethafoam is more expensive ,but tougher.
10-17-2012 03:57 PM
DINKS14
Re: New Northeast Liveboard - First Condensation/Mildew Battle

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Originally Posted by Slayer View Post
OK,,,I am going to steer this this topic in a slightly different direction. The liveaboards posting here seem like a different breed than those who sell their home on retirement and sail away to tropical destinations. I could be wrong, but I imagine liveaboards in colder climates still have jobs and such; they just happen to live on a boat. Is this a fair assessment. If it is, how did it happen? What moved you to move from house or apartment to live on your boat? I am really interested in the stories. If you are married, how do you talk your wife into it? I know I could, and probably would do it if I were alone, but my SO would not even consider it.
This is the wife of dinks14 and I just had to reply to you Slayer. Funny thing was this whole moving aboard a boat in NH was MY idea. And you're right, we are not the quit our jobs, sail off into the sunset cruisers, we are living aboard and working full time. For us this is a means to an end, we do hope to sail off to warmer climates within 2-3 years but for now we're just folks living life who call a 43' sailboat home. We are young and when the time came to do the whole newlywed, buy a house, make babies thing we stopped the freight train of modern life for a second to talk and said, "if we do that we'll never do the boat". So, here we are taking a left turn in life, living a life less ordinary. For us we were overwhelmed by the expectations of young adult life, the reliance on material possessions and pottery barn and iPads, the expectations of love, marriage, house, babies. We wanted to experience something that would challenge us, that would mix life up, derail the typical life path a bit, something we could tell our kids and grandkids someday and we wanted to do it while were young, before our knees ached or we fell into the allure of modern American society. We are both campers (lived out of a Toyota Corolla for 3 months with our black lab while camping across the country). We've never really been into having the best of everything - Never have put a lot of energy or money into possessions or homemaking we'd rather spend our money on experiences (and good craft beer). To us moving aboard a boat set us apart from our friends and fulfilled this need in us to live life differently, to try something new, to challenge ourselves. It was our way of ensuring that our dreams of seeing this world will actually come true.
10-17-2012 03:24 PM
Tim R.
Re: New Northeast Liveboard - First Condensation/Mildew Battle

Dinks, we bought ours from Lowes. We keep it in our shower. Any time you guys want to make a trip to Portland, we would be happy to show you our setup and answer any questions you have.

Shop Soleus Powered by Gree 30-Pint 3-Speed Dehumidifier ENERGY STAR at Lowes.com
10-17-2012 03:10 PM
DINKS14
Re: New Northeast Liveboard - First Condensation/Mildew Battle

Thank you everyone for such awesome and excellent responses.

After trying to track down "drainage mat" in lieu of hyper-vent, which I can't seem to find, I am ordering hyper-vent today. In the mean time, Jill or I flip the mattress up each day to dry it out.

With space heaters and venting, things have been much better. Although too much vent...and it gets a bit chilly.

The boat also has an electric heat/ac system. The water strainer sea water intake for the heat/ac system needed a few parts but I got that part of it figured out. It appears I have AC and a fan working...but no heat from the unit...yet. Another project. Still just the fan is good for circulating air through the ducted system. I'm just a little reluctant to leave it running all the time. Any thoughts?

I picked up some small space heaters from West Marine...they were obviously expensive from there, but seem to work well. They do seem to draw a lot of power though and must be run on separate circuits...of which for my 110v I only have 2 circuits. I might grab a few space heaters from Home Depot and experiment with those as well. Perhaps they will draw less power.

Beneath the bed are some somewhat accessible lockers. Insulating those with the reflectix seems like a great idea...and has made the project list.

Not sure how to best insulate the hatches for when it really gets cold, but I have seen some with a simple canvas on the outside while others seem to have a low profile box, with plexi-glass across the top and weather stripping on the bottom. Just got to make sure they remain operable as they are a means of egress in case **** hits the fan...

I have looked at dehumidifiers and have not made the plunge yet. There are tiny ones that remove up to 1.5 pints of water a day. Seems like a lot until you see the larger units removing 25-45 pints per day. Anybody use the real small ones? Not sure I want to give up that kind of space yet. TREILLY any idea how big your dehumidifier is?

Slayer...your story is hilarious.

Thanks again everybody!!!
10-16-2012 10:04 PM
MedSailor
Re: New Northeast Liveboard - First Condensation/Mildew Battle

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Originally Posted by Brent Swain View Post
I moved aboard my first boat at age 22, finished her ,and set sail for the South Pacific at age 23. Living aboard has allowed me to semi retire in my mid 20s, working a month a year on average, and I have single handed across the Pacific 9 times, as well as cruising the BC coast 11 months a year, when not cruising down south. I have access to a huge house with a large screen TV and all the comforts. Two days there and I'm bored to death, and cant wait to get back on my boat. Cant believe people actually spend their whole lives living that way.
Now that we're temporaraly living in a house, all I do is think about my boat (and post on sailnet). I'm planning on doing up the shop really nice so that I can spend all winter in the shop doing boat projects.

Living aboard is harder than living in a house, but it is oh-so-much more interesting.

+1 for the wood stove. I showered daily in my 31' boat, cooked and boiled a lot, and it was a sinking wooden boat so the bilge was ALWAYS very very wet. Wood stove and a few fans solved it all (except for clothes in the furthest deepest cupboards).

MedSailor
10-11-2012 11:56 PM
Brent Swain
Re: New Northeast Liveboard - First Condensation/Mildew Battle

Quote:
Originally Posted by Slayer View Post
OK,,,I am going to steer this this topic in a slightly different direction. The liveaboards posting here seem like a different breed than those who sell their home on retirement and sail away to tropical destinations. I could be wrong, but I imagine liveaboards in colder climates still have jobs and such; they just happen to live on a boat. Is this a fair assessment. If it is, how did it happen? What moved you to move from house or apartment to live on your boat? I am really interested in the stories. If you are married, how do you talk your wife into it? I know I could, and probably would do it if I were alone, but my SO would not even consider it.
I moved aboard my first boat at age 22, finished her ,and set sail for the South Pacific at age 23. Living aboard has allowed me to semi retire in my mid 20s, working a month a year on average, and I have single handed across the Pacific 9 times, as well as cruising the BC coast 11 months a year, when not cruising down south. I have access to a huge house with a large screen TV and all the comforts. Two days there and I'm bored to death, and cant wait to get back on my boat. Cant believe people actually spend their whole lives living that way.
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