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Old 10-03-2009, 15:37   #1
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Long Term Storage in Tropical Climate

I am looking for advice, checklists, lessons learned etc. regarding storing a sailboat on the hard in a warm humid climate. We will haul our Leopard 42 JAMU and leave her for 7 months in Honduras. I will clean her thoroughly, empty the water tanks, treat my diesel with biocide, run heater-type dehumidifiers, use solar ventilators for air exchange and cover the decks with tarps. What else should be done?

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Old 10-03-2009, 16:17   #2
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I've stored mine in Grenada and Antigua, and only have one solar powered Nicro vent going, in the head. After four months, there's a little bit of mold in the inaccessible corners, but easily wiped off with white vinegar. If you're concerned, most yards have a service available to open up your boat and air it out on a regular basis, for a price.

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La Ceiba? Shove rags in your thru-hulls to keep the bugs out. Other than that, it sounds like you've got it pretty well covered.
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We bag all our linens and clothes in plastic with a judicious amount of mothballs in each bag.

Fumigate just before we leave and after we come back
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