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 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.
Just our experience and practice.