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Interior teak

The teak inside my boat keeps collecting mold. I live in Miami and it's really humid. The boat is on a mooring so there is no shore power for an AC. Apart from varnishing the whole thing, is there a product I can put on the wood to keep the mold off the wood and preserve it?

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Wipe the wood down with lemon oil once every two weeks or so...that will prevent mold and help preserve the teak.

Also, put in two solar ventilators on the boat, one as an intake and one as an exhaust...that will help prevent the boat from getting too humid.

What is probably happening is that as the boat heats up during the day, it absorbs a lot of water vapor, since the interior air temp may be as high as 130˚ or so... when it cools down, the excess moisture condenses out... and the wood absorbs it... If you put in the two vents, as the boat cools down, they will bring in cooler air and exhaust much of the excess humidity before it can condense out. Also, by keeping the air circulating during the day, the boat is less likely to act as a moisture pump.

Ventilation is the key to preventing mold/mildew and many odor problems.


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