Originally Posted by RTB
I really should point out that winter sucks if you are in an area where the temps get cold. We just have one of those little electric
heaters, so it's hard to get the boat warm when the water
temps are low. And, the most annoying part is condensation/mold/mildew issues. If cooking
at the galley
, it really adds to the moisture inside the boat if you are closed up trying to stay warm. Picture laying in the v-berth trying to sleep as droplets fall in your face from the hatch
there is a solution for that. insulate your boat. there are different ways for doing that. google
will turn up some good ideas. i chose to use armaflex. it's easy to apply, waterproof, mildew resistant...great stuff....but it is kind of expensive. i got mine for free because i used to work at a place that uses it and am still friends with someone that works there. they use it to cover work tables with, as well as in their products, so they have a good deal of nice 4'X8' scraps left over.
anyway, if i couldn't get it for free, i'd fork over the money to buy it. it's worth it. boat's nice and toasty all winter, no dripping water or mildew, and cooler in the summer.
you will find that the google
search will turn up some less expensive options. (still, if you can come up with the money, i'd recommend the 1/2" armaflex)
i used a 3m spray adhesive
i got at home depot instead of the glue that armaflex made for their product. it's a lot cheaper and it's worked just fine.
the other thing is to make sure there is good airflow below decks and you need to have some exchange of fresh air from outside and old air from inside.