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10-31-2006 04:55 PM
hellosailor Labatt-
"but how bad will it be for our 4D AGM's to stay on the boat (on the hard) for the winter?"
Zero problem, unless the next ice age hits and the batteries freeze solid. From what I've heard that is not expected in Annapolis. Having the solar charger to keep them topped up is all they need to thrive in storage.
10-31-2006 01:34 PM
labatt With regards to the batteries... our boat is in Annapolis and we're in upstate NY. We have no place to store the batteries other than on the boat. We have a 75 watt solar system that keeps the batteries topped off. I don't know what the normal weather in Annapolis is, but how bad will it be for our 4D AGM's to stay on the boat (on the hard) for the winter? Not that there's much I can do about it...
10-24-2006 06:40 PM
hellosailor " Damp-Rid and...cat litter "

Very clever way to congeal the damp rid!
10-24-2006 04:01 PM
TrueBlue Our boat has belt driven diaphram pumps for both the fresh water and sea water taps - so no problems with freezing pump damage. However, I do empty the 140 gal tank and blow the water out of the entire system with a compressor, eliminating the need to use the nasty pink stuff.

A trick that has worked for us each winter, is to first mix a 5 lb container of Damp-Rid and a 5 lb bag of scented cat litter 50%-50%. Then pour the mix into several open shoebox sized plastic containers and place them in each cabin. This absorbs moisture and the scented cat litter keeps things smelling fresh.

Whenever checking the boat, I lightly stir the mix to keep the dry stuff on top. Just empty the containers in the spring and rinse out for use next season.
10-24-2006 04:00 PM
sailingdog Nope...the coffee grounds don't really leave a smell behind, once you remove the coffee grounds...and the coffee grounds are known to neutralize a lot of other common odors...
10-24-2006 03:36 PM
hellosailor Coffee grounds....eeewwwhhhhh.

I know coffee repels and kills tiny critters, but I think I'd rather use mothballs to repel, or baking soda to just absorb odors.

Come back in the spring and the boat will...smell like stale coffee?
10-24-2006 12:52 AM
sailingdog A big container of open coffee grounds is also a good way to keep the odors from building up inside the boat while it is closed up. The coffee grounds eliminate many odors pretty effectively, and may also work to absorb some of the airborne moisture. YMMV.
10-23-2006 09:50 PM
gc Avoiding mold and mildew over the winter can be a challenge. Keep the interior ventilated. Just what this means depends on how you are storing. I don't shrink wrap, but if I did I think I would use one of the anti-mildew bags that you hang inside.
10-23-2006 07:18 PM
sailingdog Actually, my boat is going to be stored indoors, but we're leaving the mast up...technically...we're lowering the mast partially, and then re-stepping it for winter storage. We're doing this to save space in the building. The mast is too tall to clear the door, but the ceiling/roof is high enough to have it up.
10-23-2006 06:54 PM
eryka
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Depends on whether you're storing the boat indoors or outside. If you're storing the boat outside, then taking the mast down is a good idea, so you can shrink wrap the hull properly.
Grins, sailingdog, if you're storing the boat inside, you'll probably also need to take down the mast unless you have a VERY tall barn ...

If you are shrink wrapping and can afford the space, remove the sails and store in garage. Depending on how fierce the winter will be, you may want to save the wear and tear on good sheets and halyards and replace them with sacrificial messengers. Also if you can, remove upholstered cushions. Shrink wrapping that's poorly vented (or that tears and lets some snow in during the winter) will lead to mold buildup.
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