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Old 03-01-2016, 10:42 AM
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Default Shrink wrap............in Florida?

I am approaching the time when I have to return to NJ and will need to store my boat, 37 ft up on the hard, here in Fl.

I have decided to store up on the hard for the 7-8 months I am gone.

My uncertainty is whether or not to shrink wrap my boat for the 7 or 8 months (approx.) it will be on blocks and I am gone unable to get back to it to for any kind of storage oversight. Storage window will be April - November.

In Jersey, shrink wrap is a given to protect your boat from the punishing winter weather.

In Florida, my apprehension is heat and moisture and mold. Is that a valid fear?

If humidity and resulting mold are an issue, are there any remedies? Remedies I can think of:
= I am thinking of a number of solar fans blowing air out and in,

= DampRid comes to mind, but I am never confident it can remain effective the full 8 months

I don't see much shrink wrap around here in Fl, so I am uneasy about the concept.

If shrink is not viable, I am thinking a draped tarp that allows a bunch of air in and out would be an alternative?

Fl. sun and heat are a hard life on a boat, so I am anxious to shield my girl as best I can.

Would sure appreciate anyone's thoughts.

Thanks,

Jeff
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Old 03-01-2016, 11:48 AM
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I would assume shrinkwrap with vents would work fine, combined with some DampRid in your cabin or enclosed spaces. I'd want it covered so the sun wasn't beating on it for the next 7-8 months.
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Putting a tarp over a boat in Florida is a pretty good way to trap all that humidity and moisture inside the tarp so I assume it's the same for plastic wrapping. If it were stored indoors it'd be no big deal but if not I wouldn't do it. I think I'd want some sort of canvas cover that could breath and keep leaves and debris out and the UV off it. But you have to be careful about that too if it's stored outside, as the canvas can hold water and possibly damage your boat if nobody is around to supervise it.
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Put in indoors if it will fit. That would by far be the best solution. There are a lot of marinas that can fit large boats inside.
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What kind of boat and how big?
The key to storing any boat is ensuring ALL the water is out, every compartment is drained/ dry including the bilge. Try and leave it open on a sunny day right before you cover it.

If not too big, a canvas cover that is waterproof can work, if this is a unique large boat shrinkwrap/ shipping cover with vents might be your only choice.

My NJ boat is covered with a tarp Nov-April and stays dry/ mold free (it vents) although it's a little dusty by spring.
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Vents and damp rid would work.
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I'll be more than happy to do a storage inspection and a, oh I don't know, maybe 5 day test run around June...
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Old 03-02-2016, 08:24 AM
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Originally Posted by CT Striper View Post
I would assume shrinkwrap with vents would work fine, combined with some DampRid in your cabin or enclosed spaces. I'd want it covered so the sun wasn't beating on it for the next 7-8 months.

Agreed on the sun hammering down. That's my motivation to wrap, an expense I am not eager to do but feel it is worth it.
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Originally Posted by Jim311 View Post
Putting a tarp over a boat in Florida is a pretty good way to trap all that humidity and moisture inside the tarp so I assume it's the same for plastic wrapping. If it were stored indoors it'd be no big deal but if not I wouldn't do it. I think I'd want some sort of canvas cover that could breath and keep leaves and debris out and the UV off it. But you have to be careful about that too if it's stored outside, as the canvas can hold water and possibly damage your boat if nobody is around to supervise it.


Understood..............
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Originally Posted by Flying W View Post
Put in indoors if it will fit. That would by far be the best solution. There are a lot of marinas that can fit large boats inside.

Unequivocally the best solution ..........................
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Buckets of Damp-Rid should fill up in short order on any covered boat in Fla. Mine did anyways.

The only way I got 100% rid of mold and mildew in my covered boat, was to put a fan in it. I just used an el-cheapo oscillating fan, and plugged it into an extension cord on a timer. An hour in the am and it was fine.

I expect solar fans would work as good.
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Originally Posted by Gtochris View Post
What kind of boat and how big?
The key to storing any boat is ensuring ALL the water is out, every compartment is drained/ dry including the bilge. Try and leave it open on a sunny day right before you cover it.

If not too big, a canvas cover that is waterproof can work, if this is a unique large boat shrinkwrap/ shipping cover with vents might be your only choice.

My NJ boat is covered with a tarp Nov-April and stays dry/ mold free (it vents) although it's a little dusty by spring.

It is sizable and has an odd shape, so covering it somehow is probably my only option that is affordable.
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Originally Posted by berrie View Post
I'll be more than happy to do a storage inspection and a, oh I don't know, maybe 5 day test run around June...
Good idea.........a test run to, say, Marathon? Just to make sure?
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Originally Posted by UnclebobJHC View Post
Buckets of Damp-Rid should fill up in short order on any covered boat in Fla. Mine did anyways.

The only way I got 100% rid of mold and mildew in my covered boat, was to put a fan in it. I just used an el-cheapo oscillating fan, and plugged it into an extension cord on a timer. An hour in the am and it was fine.

I expect solar fans would work as good.

OK. This is encouraging info. Can I ask:

= where was your boat located?
= where did you place your fan in the boat?

The DampRid filing up is what I expected would happen.

Thanks.......................
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Originally Posted by Rivertender View Post
OK. This is encouraging info. Can I ask:

= where was your boat located?
= where did you place your fan in the boat?

The DampRid filing up is what I expected would happen.

Thanks.......................
The boat was located in my driveway, North East Florida. Had a tight fitting waterproof cover. It was a constant battle with mildew, not only in the cabin, but in the bilge. The big bucket of damp-rid would fill up in short order.

I placed an oscillating fan on the deck. Left all my hatches and bilge open. Some of the mildew was from the water in the bilge of course. To get rid of that 100%, a good tip I got off someone else, was to stuff a length of rag in through the drain plug, with the end hanging out almost to the ground, and spread it out in the bilge. The rag wicks up and drains any water in the bilge due to rain or condensation. It stays 100% dry!

Only after doing both of these was the mold and mildew 100% gone and my bilge stayed nice and white. No more bleaching every month...
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Originally Posted by Rivertender View Post
Good idea.........a test run to, say, Marathon? Just to make sure?
I was more thinking Bimini & Exuma's...
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Originally Posted by UnclebobJHC View Post
. To get rid of that 100%, a good tip I got off someone else, was to stuff a length of rag in through the drain plug, with the end hanging out almost to the ground, and spread it out in the bilge. The rag wicks up and drains any water in the bilge due to rain or condensation.
Now that is probably the best tip I have heard in a while..
Note "end almost to ground".....keeps roaches out, or helps
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An ideal solution would be an electrically powered Dehumidifier with a gravity tube drain. Don't know if you can get a Solar Powered version or not, would certainly expect there to be 'DC' powered available though.
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