We have been back at Cowichan Bay for almost a month now and the weather has not been very cooperative for sailing and exploring the coast. It has been raining most of the time and when not raining, the winds have been up to 70 knots. So what do you do when you can’t go sailing? Well, we worked on some of the projects that have been on our list and even some that have not been on our list (see future blogs for details).
With the cold weather and the rain not stopping, we have also seen an increase in condensation in our lockers and with condensation we are also seeing an increase in mildew in our lockers or is it mold (see website for discussion on differences between mildew and mold)? On top of the mildew/mold that we have to deal with, we are suspecting that we might have a leak (or leaks) on the boat. We think it might be from the scupper(s), the cap rails and/or chain-plates. We are trying to figure out where the leak (or leaks) are coming from and working on fixing it slowly.
For the mildew/mold problem, we are cleaning the boat section by section or at least trying to keep up with the mildew/mold issue that we have not seen since we bought the boat three years ago. To treat the problem, I’ve been using a combination of solutions; for really bad mildew/mold conditions, I find that the best product is Spray Nine, a multipurpose bleach-free cleaner; for mild mildew/mold conditions or general cleaning purposes I’ve created a cleaning solution from water, vinegar, and Thieves essential oil, and have found that this solution keeps the mildew/mold issue at bay.
Short of installing insulation along the hull and drilling numerous holes along the lockers, we have installed stainless-steel louvered vents to increase air flow and ventilation. Further, to prevent our equipment, clothing and personal items from getting wet in the lockers from the condensation (and maybe water leakage), we’ve started to lay down a product called Multy Tile (which is very similar to Dry-Dek) in lockers that are directly exposed to the hull. Multy Tile, like Dry-Dek, allows water to drain away and increase ventilation to keep our gear dry and hopefully free from mildew/mold and the ‘boat’ odour that we have slowly gotten use to. We have also installed this product underneath our mattress in the v-berth to increase ventilation which seems to be helping.
Taking it one step further, all our clothing, bedding and important gear have also been placed in large Ziplock bags or vacuum storage bags. With all these changes and cleaning, mildew/mold does not stand a chance against us! ~Sophia & Rob