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Re: Mold on wood/cushions - clean or replace?
It's a boat. All boats eventually have leaks. The trick is staying ahead of them.
Portlight Gaskets - Check them for serious cracking (not light surface cracks). If they're not cracked they're salvageable. Clean them GENTLY with Dawn dish soap and warm water until you get all the dirt out of the seals and off the portlight. Now rub Vaseline into the gaskets. It will soften and swell them and they'll seal up tight again.
Google cleaning moldy cushions. There are a lot of options. The best one depends on the type of fabric, but if they're seriouly moldy I'd consider replacement.
Once you've got all the mold out of the boat put a couple of open containers of Kanberra Gel and Damp Rid in the boat for a week. The Kanberra Gel will kill the mold spores, the damp rid will suck up the humidity. Kanberra is expensive but it works wonders. I always keep three open containers of it on board.
Consider adding a solar fan to keep the air moving in the boat when you're not there. Make sure you bilge pump is working. Keeping the bilge completely dry will depend on the type of shaft seal you have.
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