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03x30 11-11-2013 05:18 PM

Air Dryer in Engine Compartment
 
Anyone use one of these? My boat sits on a lift all winter and is fully winterized but seems like this couldn't hurt. Safe 60 watt bulb equivalent would probably keep it nice and dry. Cheap too .. ;)

http://www.amazon.com/Davis-Instrume...bxgy_sg_text_y

CruisinGA 11-11-2013 05:30 PM

Westmarine makes a similar device which employs a fan. I intend to buy one for next season as we often put up the boat wet on a sunday afternoon.

76S&S 11-11-2013 05:55 PM

I have, not sure if it helped or not.

Cruisin, we often put the boat up wet and I just put a box fan in the boat on Medium fan speed and it has worked great.

Snipe 11-13-2013 04:42 PM

I just put a short piece of 2X4 under the front of the motor box and let nature run its course. No problems ever and it's free. Air flow is all you really are looking for.

scott023 11-13-2013 06:12 PM

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Originally Posted by CruisinGA (Post 991035)
Westmarine makes a similar device which employs a fan. I intend to buy one for next season as we often put up the boat wet on a sunday afternoon.

That's what we have used. Seems to do a good job, never any mildew smell.

bigmac 11-14-2013 06:24 AM

The turbo heaters etc like they sell at Overtons or West Marine for $40 - $50 work fine. All your looking for is just enough heat and circulation to keep the temp under your storage cover above the dew point so there won't be any condensation to allow mold to grow.

JimN 11-14-2013 08:59 AM

Leaving the engine cover open a few inches is also a good way to avoid some of the condensation problems.

bigmac 11-14-2013 09:48 AM

If he has a cover on the boat to keep the winter weather from affecting his interior, leaving the motor box open won't make any difference.

The dryer he linked on Amazon seems a little small. I like any of the three larger ones Amazon links lower on that page. Those are good for 1000 cubic feet. I use two of these heaters, figuring my interior and bilge to be closer to 2000 cubic feet.

http://www.amazon.com/Davis-Instrume..._bxgy_sg_img_y

http://www.amazon.com/Davis-Instrume...ef=pd_sim_sg_2

http://www.amazon.com/DryWave-Dryer-...ef=pd_sim_sg_3

I used to have the Dry Wave linked last above til I ran over it. Used it for years and it worked great.

JimN 11-14-2013 09:52 AM

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Originally Posted by bigmac (Post 991587)
If he has a cover on the boat to keep the winter weather from affecting his interior, leaving the motor box open won't make any difference.

OK, but a cover should be vented for long-term storage.

bigmac 11-14-2013 10:07 AM

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Originally Posted by JimN (Post 991588)
OK, but a cover should be vented for long-term storage.

I agree, that's one solution...I have a buddy that connected a muffin fan to some 4 inch dryer hose that goes in under his cover. But if that's not feasible then heating the interior with one or two of these things is an excellent alternative. The more impervious (weatherproof) the cover, the more he needs one of the two approaches to prevent hours of scrubbing mold off his interior in the spring.


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