We are leaving our in Malaysia
for 4 months while we return home to work which got me to thinking about the particular challenges to boat storage
in the tropics. In the tropics the boat will be subjected to torrential rains, brutal sun, high humidity and pests including termites, roaches and, in our area, monkeys. Tropical cyclones are a subject in themselves.
Some of the things we do are:
-reflective material in the windows and hatches
-chase down all leaks
-spray protective film on all electrical
contacts and exposed metal
-put clothes in plastic bags
-remove batteries from all electrical
toys and put the toys in plastic bags
-fill fuel tanks
and add biocide
and running rigging
and store below
-remove all food
not in cans from the boat
-set out roach motels and boric acid
The list goes on..
Last year we sprayed termite poison everywhere but probably will not this year. We are also considering leaving an AC on at it's lowest setting to help with humidity and to prevent cooking
I am sure many on this board have stored their boats in the tropics and have wisdom to share. I would be interested to hear what others do.