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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.
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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.
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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?
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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...
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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.
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" Damp-Rid and...cat litter "

Very clever way to congeal the damp rid!
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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...
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"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.
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