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Old 06-08-2009, 14:34   #16
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I was told that mold finds the alkaline surface difficult to grow on.
Not sure about mold but it's good for bugs. If you hate mold you really will hate roaches. Yes, alkaline surfaces repel a lot of things bugs (mold is a bug) is included. It just can't stop it. Moisture with air mixed with heat will make mold. The air carries the mold spores. The ability to repel is not the ability to prevent.

As our CF Sage Gord points out the key is moisture prevention - condensation makes moisture. Rain makes moisture too. Note the fresh water connection.

The ability to reduce condensation is increasing the wet bulb temperature in the boat. You can do that with dehumidifiers or ventilation. When the temperature of surfaces are cooler than the air you can get condensation. Enough of that and it dilutes the borax (maybe you never had any). Air carries mold spores and add moisture and heat and it's your bad friend come to call. The alternative is to wipe down all surfaces every single day for the rest of your life. Could be fun - not.

Good news is roaches don't travel by air! Instead they lay eggs in wod fiber used to make cardboard boxes. In either situation you let them aboard and what do they do? Party!

This goes back to all the thing your mother told you. Never let strangers party in your place unless you invite them. The basics still apply.

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Old 06-08-2009, 15:17   #17
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I did say "yet" :-) and "yes" I do keep it better ventilated.

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The borax should work, you just need to bear in mind that borax inhalation can lead to lung irritation, mucus membrane irritation...Not that I love any of the quat compounds that also kill mildew and fungus, just a reminder that borax isn't perfectly harmless for everyone either.
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If you have to leave the boat unattended for a while, in addition to the solar fans try a container of mothballs in each large cabin. Worked wonders for me in preventing the recurrence of a large mold problem.
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When the humidity is 80%+ and you live on the hook its more a keep it to a minimum than winning a battle. We wipe down the boat weekly, spray surfaces with Steriant (similiar to lysol) and always have scoop up and day and night fan running in head. In addition we keep a hepa filter running most of time(depending on how battery battle is going). I recommend hepa filter for those of you that leave boat shut up at marina. Wife swears it made a noticeable difference when we installed it.

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