Scarlet, I too am glad to hear that you are moving forward in the pursuit of your dream by starting out with a small boat - it will be time and money
I am absolutely in agreement with those who recommend vinegar for dealing with mold
. In addition, in a small boat you should be able to keep it mold
free in-season with some ventilation - depending upon how small the boat is, a solar
vent may even do the trick during the week. Leave cupboards ajar and if it has an icebox
, clean it out and leave it open when away from the boat.
To reduce the tracking of dirt onto and into the boat I would recommend:
1. a sisal or equivalent mat on the dock
2. a removable mat on the deck
where you step aboard.
3. a plastic cockpit
grate, as you suggest (that's why so many yachts had teak
grates on the cockpit
sole in years past).
4. some removable carpet for the cabin sole
, as you suggest (just make sure it is cut to fit and is rubber backed).
5. in the mornings, keep a chamois on board and then go around the deck
in your bare feet to remove all dew. Don't let anyone on deck afterwards until it has finished air-drying.
The hard work will be worth it, so enjoy!!!
P.S. In the past I had expressed to you my preference for very light grey or tan non-skid. Apart from reducing glare, I suspect you have already found out the reason for that preference!