Well cold rainy weather
hit and trips to hang out on my boat diminished.
I went up to check on her and much to my dismay found out it was raining inside my boat! Not to be confused with a hatch
left open or a leak here - the entire top of the cabin
was dripping with water
, not unlike if you take a peice of glass and hold it underwater level with the waterline and lift
it out. Puddles of water
everywhere, black mould on surfaces. Yuck!!!
Adding insult to injury, I part of the reason I went up there was to get the motor
started (2 stroke 8HP Mariner outboard). It was so cold I guess that it wasnt getting fuel
or maybe rained so much it wasnt getting air because the filter got wet even under the cowling. With all the mould to clean out I didnt have time to muck with the engine
and figured I'd try it in warmer weather
Bought a space heater and cooked the boat - I had to sleep on it because there was too much work to do in one day, had to scrub the bottom and get the slime off (brackish water - no barnacles
thank goodness), get some bits of moss scrubbed off the sides so they didnt set in, and yarded 8-10 buckets of water out of the bilge
(boat normally gets about 1/4 bucket per month sitting in the slip).
My sailing instructor suggested I get a dehumidifier and had an extra one I bought off of him. Set it up to drain out the hull
and fired the heater at the dehumidifier to keep it from freezing up, set it to keep the interior
at 20 degrees.
were damp and had mould growing on them, the stove had puddles of water everywhere.
All this despite that I super-duper aired out my boat and all cushions
and lockers in hot hot weather (we had a very late summer this year) only just under 3 months earlier and it hadnt been opened since!
Now the boat is cooking
at 20 degrees C (room temperature) with a dehumidifier running full bore dropped the humidity in the cabin
from 85% down to 40% by the time I left probably lower now. Tarped the whole thing over to keep any more moisture from getting in through any minor leaks
Took a bunch of the mouldy crap off board and followed my sailing instructors advice that I get every peice of cloth the F away from anything touching the exterior hull
and put it in the centre of the boat. Closed up all the vents to let the dehumidifier do it's work.
Man it's fun owning a boat isnt it!