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Old 11-11-2013, 04:18 PM
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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
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Old 11-11-2013, 04:30 PM
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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.
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Old 11-13-2013, 05:12 PM
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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.
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Old 11-14-2013, 05:24 AM
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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.
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:59 AM
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Leaving the engine cover open a few inches is also a good way to avoid some of the condensation problems.
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:48 AM
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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.
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Old 11-11-2013, 04:55 PM
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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.
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:42 PM
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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.
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Old 11-14-2013, 04:03 PM
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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.
Easiest method by far. The previous owner of the '88 PS190 we bought in '12 did that same thing religiously. We did the same thing on our 209 once we got it from the prev. owner (who kept it outside on a lift all buttoned up). The hoses were covered in a "whitish grey film". Air circulation is a big thing. We travel with the engine cover unlatched and held down off the floor 6" or so by a length of line tied to the BF boom mount on the ski pylon. It gets plenty of airflow, it blew the LTR decal off the top of the engine, I found it when I winterized this fall.
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Old 11-15-2013, 12:25 AM
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How does blocking the engine cover up improve airflow on a boat in storage with a weatherproof cover?
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