There’s a lot to consider when taking care of a yacht or boat. Licenses, sailing knowledge, safety codes, and so much more. Thinking about mold growing in your boat or yacht, though, should be the last of your worries as you take your nautical adventures. Mold grows in wet places, so as a yacht or boat owner, keeping the water outside is an especially tricky feat. Don’t let it ruin your trip or your passion. There’s lots of ways to mold-proof your vehicle so you can keep doing what you love best: sailing the open waters.
Before even the slightest whiff of mold or mildew, prevention is key. Keeping everything dry and leak tight is the most important thing you can do. BoatUS.com says these areas are common areas where leaks can happen: portlights, windows and loos stanchions. If you have a sailboat, inspect your chainplates, cleats, windlasses and rails. There are plenty of mold and mildew cleaners on the market, and choosing which solution will depend on what you’re cleaning. You can refer to your boat’s manufacturer or boat repair shop for recommendations.
It isn’t only fabric and carpets that can be infested with mold. It’s about the boat or yacht equipment inside, too. We know not all boat storage off the water is possible, however, contact with the water does accelerate deterioration by about 30% says Texas Saltwater Fishing Magazine. Saltwater and moist air can cause serious damage to your equipment, including corrosion. When washing your boat before storage, always pull drain plugs, open hatches, and wipe them down with products that add a wax finish, says the magazine, for extra water-resistant protection. Using anti-corrosion lubricants regularly will help prevent future damage, as well.
Another way mold creeps in is through vinyl on your seating, says Boating Magazine. To prevent mold to this area, keep vinyl as clean as possible and treat it with protectant before it’s exposed to any elements, says the article. Treating it twice a season should do the trick. Boats.net also recommends powered boat ventilation systems to keep air moving which can prevent moisture buildup, too.
Keeping Your Bed Mold Free
Speaking of mold on your seating, can mold get into your mattress too? Yes! Luckily, we have created The Admiral 9″ Boat Mattress— the benefits of a latex mattress include being mold and mildew resistant, extremely comfortable, latex helps regulate body heat, which allows you to sleep cooler, and it will not absorb smells. You can also enjoy these same benefits with our Commodore Supreme 7″ Pillowtop Latex Mattress.
As a boat or yacht owner, your goal is to enjoy the open water, the fresh air and the exciting journey, not keeping mold at bay. As you move along from season to season, just keep prevention of mold and mildew in mind. As long as you prepare correctly and check on it a few times a year, mold can take a dive off the deep end, if you catch our drift.
Posted on: May 2, 2023