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Old 12-02-2013, 13:13   #1
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Condensation in the v berth?

The v berth cushions are getting soaked but only under neath and dead center. When We noticed the wetness again two days ago, we hung everything out to dry for the 10th time and decided that it must be a leak so next time it rains we'll pull the cushions up to see where the water is getting in. Today as it started to sprinkle, in anticipating for actual rain, I pulled the cushions up to find they are already soaked underneath, dead center. I cannot find signs of water coming in anywhere around the v berth and I'm wondering if its condensation from the water tank that is right underneath the v berth, dead center..... There isn't any water in the tank (that's another story and another mystery) but I'm wondering if its possible that the moisture found under the cushions is really just condensation caused from our body heat each night....is this possible? Any ideas? How can I keep from pulling out the cushions to dry every other day?
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Old 12-02-2013, 13:18   #2
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Re: Condensation in the v berth?

There is a recent thread that discusses your very problem. By all means it can be condensation. There is probably no insulation below your v-berth and your body heat at 98.6 can cause alot of moisture. Check the recent thread and find some cures.
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Old 12-02-2013, 13:20   #3
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Re: Condensation in v berth?

Check thread in Liveaboard Forum
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Old 12-02-2013, 13:29   #4
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Very helpful. Thank you!
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Old 12-02-2013, 14:23   #5
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Re: Condensation in the v berth?

Question: do you have any ventilation under the mattress? If not, it's a must to stop damp/mold etc. There are lot's of things out there in the "marine market", but if you're cheap like me I can recommend going to a garden centre and buying a some cedar trellis, (comes in 6x4 ft lengths), cut to fit under the mattress's..... You can get the added bonus of a cedar smell waft though the cabin !

Even if you have a leak, i strongly recommend ventilation on such items...

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Old 12-02-2013, 21:11   #6
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Had the same problem... Was a leaking stanchion on my bow pulpit where wiring was running from under deck to bow light. The sealant had failed.
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