Cleaning & Waxing

Over the years, Practical Sailor has tested dozens of concoctions that claim to combat mold and mildew. Ultimately, we have found that some home brews are the best choice for excellent, cheap protection.

Fighting Mildew, Mold, and Lichen

Quaternary amines provide long-lasting protection, even outdoors.

Most boat owners regard their boat as a living, breathing thing, but when real living things—especially the microscopic variety—move aboard and start occupying large swaths of damp real estate, it’s time to draw the line. We’ve done a series of reports on mildew in past articles, but those black spots on the deck, lines, and canvas probably aren’t mildew. Mildew and mold require darkness, and even the shaded areas on deck are too well lit. Those spots are more likely black algae and lichens, the latter a symbiotic combination of algae and fungus.

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