Originally Posted by MonsterJoe
Honestly curious with this one (and some of the others) if this is just something that you spend a couple of days on, clean it up and you end up with a nice boat, or if mold like this is a permanent problem at this point.
(About the pictures that are "just" messy, I assume that the rest of the boat is equally badly maintained, so would shy away from that)
As I only posted a few photos before, I will post a link to the boat listing so you can view the boat yourself.
First, I have seen some sailboat "for sale" interior
shots that show mild mold or mildew growth (usually seen as a white sheen on wood that is photographed with a flash and the wood is at an angle to the camera) and that level of mildew would be expected and common. It would not bother me as much as what you will see in this boat. In short, I think SOME cases of mild mildew can be handled.
It is the heavy mold growth that is endemic and widespread that is what I would avoid.
The specs of the boat? Steel
schooner 50 feet LOA
It looks like a nice design (in plan view) and also looks neglected for years. When I saw the "before" and "now" photos, I thought: "What a shame to see a nice boat go wasting away like that."
Because I am allergic to dust and mold and have had difficulty breathing in a small room (with poor ventilation) that had mold on UNSEEN surfaces (in the flooring
, under the carpet, in the walls), I would NEVER want to stay on that boat, even if the visible surface mold was wiped off. It is the UNSEEN mold that is horrible and impossible to eradicate (in my view). While some pros may clean a boat to look good on the SURFACE or some pros may clean a house to look good, I would NOT want to subject my own lungs/body to living in that same space.
The damp environment
of a boat is an ideal location for mold. It can come back very quickly (in a matter of a few days). And a 50 foot boat with a full wood interior
has a lot of hidden spaces and a LOT of surface area inside the boat on which the mold and mildew would pop up again. I think it would be a never ending battle to control the mold growth even if it was cleaned when purchased.
Here is another photo
from that listing. Notice this is the companionway hatch
. What do you see on the inside of the acrylic hatch
boards? I see mold in big dense gray patches. YUCK!
IF you go to the link, notice how nice the boat looked at one time. Compare that to today. Notice the tarps on the deck
, indicating leaking hatches etc.
1978 Giorgetti e Magrini Schooner 55 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com