November 2012 Issue

High and Dry for Winter Storage

Can absorbent chemicals keep dampness out of a stored boat?

With the winter haulout season upon us, Practical Sailor testers thought it a good time to look at ways to keep cabins and lockers dry during off-season storage. There are a number of de-humidifying methods and products available; ventilation is the most effective but electric dehumidifiers, absorbent chemicals (desiccants), and electric heaters also work well. This article takes a look at combatting mildew-causing humidity and focuses on calcium chloride and silica gel desiccants like H2Out, Damp Rid, Nordic Dry, and Fresh Step cat litter.

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