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Have the gel. Only use desiccant in closed spaces. Leave bilge pumps on as have solar/wind
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Kannabarra gel is tea tree oil. This is somewhat effective, but much less effective than the paraformaldehyde I linked to - particularly in Grenada. The advantage of tea tree oil is only in being able to live on the boat with it. Paraformaldehyde requires you to leave the boat, but it is much more aggressive than tea tree oil at killing mold and keeping it away, as well as keeping bugs and other critters out (rats. snakes, etc).

Grenada is professional mold and mildew - treat it lightly at your own risk.

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Been told conflicting information
Some close dorades and any other openings. Hang dehumidifier bags and mildewcide.
Some stuff bronze wool in dorades and any other openings but leave things open

Some put cover over boat to protect from uv.
Some donít due to fear it will become partially detached flail in the wind and cause damage. Also concern it will limit ventilation.

Some hire a service to check on the boat.
Some donít.

Some disconnect batteries.
Some just turn off inverter and depend on their solar and wind to keep thing charged.
(We have lifeline agms - solar and wind)

Some leave water tanks completely empty.
Some completely full.
All leave fuel full and holding empty.

What do you do and why?
We have left our boat a few times in the recent past: New Bern, NC, Green Cove Springs, Fl, Grenada Marine.

Our damage history is.
New Bern - Left sails in cover. squirrels made nest in sails and are big holes
Green Cove Springs - we had to leave before they put boat in storage yard, they didnt. Dispute promises hey didnít put the back stays back, so they flopped around in the hurricane messing up the new paint.
Grenada Marine - we watched them store and block the boat, after we were gone they moved it onto poor ground and it sank into the mud. Heard others pissed because GM, despite being laid to boat sit, let new fancy battery bank gondead flat and die.

A friend put their boat up in PR, paid boat sitters, got weekly pictures. Upon arriving at boat it was full of water and had a ruined engine.

VENTING: We had solar vents and let them run. But they died so we now have dorados which we will leave open. We always leave our boats vent, never had a problem with that. The new Vetus dorados have big screens. I will pull up floor boards and leave engine compartment open. We also leave the cockpit ports cracked open for more ventilation.

COVERS: No. We have dry steel boats, covers would only encourage moisture and rust.

BATTERIES: disconnect but charge with solar. If we get hit with a hurricane I may loose panels. I must tolerate that risk.

WATER TANKS: I will fill them in Bequai and treat with bleach befor I leave.The water I got at Grenada Marine had a lot of silt in it.

FUEL: I donít think it matters much, not a lot of temp change to cause condensation.

CANVAS: Remove ALL.

RODE: I see a lot of folks take all chain out and leave it out. I donít know why.

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.....WATER TANKS: I will fill them in Bequai and treat with bleach befor I leave.The water I got at Grenada Marine had a lot of silt in it......
Does this mean you leave a concentration of chlorine in the tank? After a few days, itís no longer ....cidal, but the corrosive properties remain.


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Minnie makes a good point. To that end have emptied tanks completely. Once back in the water beach and flush.

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We filter all shore water before it enters tanks. My thinking is if thereís nothing but water in the tanks itís harder for things to grow in there.

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Remove the hose from your lowest thru hull, loosely pack with bronze wool. If you have unexpected leaks it goes out and doesn't destroy your floorboards etc.

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Remove the hose from your lowest thru hull, loosely pack with bronze wool. If you have unexpected leaks it goes out and doesn't destroy your floorboards etc.

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If you have solar why can't you turn the batts off and let a bilge pump wired directly to the batts drain the water? I realize keel stepped masts get water into the boat and that needs to be removed.
Deck stepped should have no leaks and may not need to leave the bilge pump on. Solar should keep the batts topped up.

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Refuse to put check valves in bilge pump lines. Check valves are known to fail. Therefore always left with an inch or two of bilge water. When the boat sails and it sloshes around thereís less as the low pump is an inch or two off center. If it doesnít rain and we donít run the AC it evaporates.

Thinking about putting a bit of bilge cleaner in there to prevent mold. Any downside?

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...Thinking about putting a bit of bilge cleaner in there to prevent mold. Any downside?
I was just going to suggest the same. I like OdoBan that you can get at Home Depot, if you're still stateside. I'm not sure all marine bilge cleaners actually have disinfectants in them.


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