It's actually a hard one.
One way to approach it would be first thing when you get back to the dock
, and the boat
is tied up, fill a large bucket with soapy water
, slosh the salty life jackets, rinse with fresh, taste them for salt
free, (it always takes more fresh water
than I think it should!) and hang them on the life lines to dry while you do the other putting the boat to bed
chores. Right before you leave, bring them in and lay them on the cabin sole
, with ventilation, to finish drying. Yes, a fan will speed drying, if you can hang them below, rather than laying them down, it will be better. You can stick them side by side on hangers, if you can string a line for them below, for instance, our boat has pad eyes on the deck
beams to tie up the lee cloth for the starboard settee, and I can string a line through them. It depends on what you have or want to add how you'll do it. For instance, if you have cargo nets for them, and good ventilation, toss them there. Or you could take them home each time, and deal with them there.
Good luck with it. Complete removal
of the salt
is the only way I know of to prevent their mildewing. If the salt is gone, air will dry them. Salt draws moisture from the air, so they cannot dry completely as long as they are salty, they will just get damp again.