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    Our X9 is a lift queen, but we are still constantly fighting mildew. This summer has been the worst, probably due to the amount of rain and moisture.

    It's pretty normal that we use the boat through Sunday afternoon and then put it on the lift, wipe off the seats, put the sunbrella cover on and head the 2 hrs home. However this doesn't take care of moisture in the carpet and other areas of the boat.

    I have thought about not putting the cover on, but the boat sitting uncovered all week open to birds, dust, pollen etc bothers me.

    Has anyone found an effective solution for a problem like this? We do have power on the dock.
    Bailey
    '02 X-9
    Lake Blue Ridge

  • #2
    Only way I know is to get air moving under the cover... Traxxx is an expert in mold remediation... maybe PM him
    sigpic...A bad day water skiing still beats a good day at work...1995 Pro Star 205....

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    • #3
      You have power on your dock? Put a couple fans in it and leave your seats pulled forward about an inch to let air circulate everywhere.
      -Mike

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      • #4
        If you have power on the dock a fan never hurts. I have had good luck with damprid and always put a canister or two in the boat before I put it away. You can find it with cleaning supplies at most big box stores.
        http://www.damprid.com/

        No experience with these, but always thought they looked interesting.
        http://www.gandermountain.com/modper...10#reviewsInfo

        If nothing else I have these on by MC cover and they seem to help.
        http://www.gandermountain.com/modper...i=71180&r=view
        2008 Prostar 197

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        • #5
          Keeping the cover off is the key. I have an X9/209 with a 2006 tower installed. When I designed my boat lift set up I made sure I could drive in with the tower up but still be able to suck it up as far as the windshield with the tower collapsed. See pictures. This solved my problems. If the boat is really wet I rum box fans connected to my canopy while the boat is in the lift.
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          • #6
            dehumidifier and damprid

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            • #7
              Let it dry off before you cover it....

              My boat is on a lift, and covered. I usually let it sit 2 hours + depending on how wet it is before I cover it.

              If you have to cover it immediately, as mentioned, power and a fan will help tremendously.

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              • #8
                Sounds like a good place for a timer for the fan. Don't need it to run all week....just a few hours.
                - Peter
                TANDEM AXLE PACKAGE - $950 DELIVERED WHEEL IMAGE
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                PM or email me for tire, wheel or package pricing.
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                • #9
                  change out vinyl to hard plastic

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                  • #10
                    If you had to let it dry before you covered it, you'd have to stop using it by noon on Sunday, so that solution is out. I put mine away wet almost every week, covered with a Sunbrella cover and I've never had a problem. When I come back on Friday, it's dry inside, and no mildew.

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                    • #11
                      I use this due to suggestion from other TT posters. In hot steamy Florida cover the boat just like you after day(s) on the water and have no mold.

                      Its not a true dehumidifier but it heats up and the fan cycles on and off.

                      http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...w#.Uh_MVJKTiSo

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by pmikler View Post
                        I use this due to suggestion from other TT posters. In hot steamy Florida cover the boat just like you after day(s) on the water and have no mold.

                        Its not a true dehumidifier but it heats up and the fan cycles on and off.

                        http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...w#.Uh_MVJKTiSo
                        That looks pretty good.
                        - Peter
                        TANDEM AXLE PACKAGE - $950 DELIVERED WHEEL IMAGE
                        5 14X5.5 T06 WHEELS W/5 ST215/75R14 KENDA LOADSTAR RADIALS SS CENTER CAPS, LUGS, MOUNTED, BALANCED & READY TO INSTALL

                        PM or email me for tire, wheel or package pricing.
                        CARBURETOR REBUILDING - $125 + PARTS
                        LED lights, Chrome & Powder Coated Lugs
                        2 LED 6" BRAKE LIGHTS DELIVERED $25

                        tiresplease@gmail.com

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                        • #13
                          I use a house dehumidifier in my motorhome. I live in Oregon, where it rains 7 months out of the year. I get a gallon a week out of my motorhome during the winter.

                          In my boat I let it dry out completely before i winterize. I put in two large buckets of damp rid (from home depot) cover it with my sunbrella cover and cover that with a good tarp. That seems to work for me, I have never had any mildew.

                          There are home dehumidifier's that you can adapt an external hose to. You could run it out your drain hole so you don't have to dump the container.

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                          • #14
                            I have no personal experience, but I have heard very good things about the evadry rechargeable dehumidifiers. http://www.eva-dry.com
                            2001 X-Star 5.7l LTR

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                            • #15
                              Breathable Sunbrella cover and fan set on low. It just needs to keep the air moving to aid in drying, does not need to blast hard.

                              Timer would not be a bad idea. Have it cycle on for 6-8 hrs during the afternoon as things heat up.
                              1991 MariStar 240sc, 454, tower, WetSounds, Krypt and Rockford Fosgate

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