January 8th, 2013
We have found out that the yacht yard, which was supposed to repair our boat before Christmas, wasn't able to get to it and are just now starting on the fixes. Both of us feeling deflated. We had gone through our storage unit two more times to sort through what we'd take on the boat (which we know is still too much) and what to leave in storage. We were ready to move. Now it's another 2 weeks of waiting.
We have been using that time to read up on sailing, check out things we'll need to buy for the best prices, and posting on several sailing sites to pick up more info.
I posted about Dehumidifiers on sailnet.com, because we want to know how to keep our boat smelling fresh and odor free. There's nothing worse than entering a boat that has mold smell. Easy for it to happen, too, from what I've heard. We don't want to over-react by purchasing too many de-humidifiers, but from the replies to my post, people have mentioned some small ones that can easily be placed in smaller rooms (head, V-berth, galley, bedroom) to keep moisture from gathering in those areas. Might be a good idea to try a group of smaller ones such as these:tp://www.westmarine.com
and for larger dehumidifiers, Amazon.com has some to choose from. (Tried to post the link to amazon, but it wouldn't work for me).
A large dehumidifier comes with the boat but haven't had the chance to try it yet. Hopefully it will last awhile so we don't have to spend on that item right away.
It's raining here where we're staying in Baton Rouge, LA. It's on the same latitude as Kemah, Tx, where we will be moving in 2 weeks (we hope) and it's doing the same thing there...raining. Lots.
Seems like a poor time to move on a boat...will we get cabin fever? Maybe. Will we get mold? Eeek. Hope not. Good time to find out if the onboard dehumidifier will work!! But there are plenty of things to keep us busy during the rainy days to outfit our boat for sailing. I wonder if people do get cabin fever when the weather keeps them below deck? Maybe that's when the games and bottles come out. :) Note to self: lots of games and wine.