Preventing the Growth and Spread of Mildew on Your Recreational Vessel

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Boat mold and mildew

Preventing the Growth and Spread of Mildew on Your Recreational Vessel

Allowing the growth and spread of mildew throughout your recreational vessel can mean major problems for the health and safety of those onboard as well as the overall performance of your boat. When mold and other bacteria accumulate in the dark, dank environments easily provided by marine vehicles, you’ll know it: the unmistakable smell is a tell-tale sign! 

As a boat owner, there are a number of simple preventive measures you can take to limit the spread of harmful bacteria on your recreational vessel before it becomes a problem, eliminating existing hot spots of mildew that may have gotten out of hand along the way.

The Importance of Proactive Preventive Boat Maintenance for Recreational Vessels

You depend on the performance of your boat to enjoy the time you spend out on the water—that’s why it’s important to take every step necessary to ensure any susceptible area of your vessel is resistant to the growth and spread of mildew and other harmful bacteria. 

Remember that the best way to combat the growth and spread of mildew is to incorporate thorough sanitation into your standard boat maintenance schedule. 

Conduct a Thorough, All-Around Boat Cleaning and Sanitization

One of the most basic yet effective steps you can take toward limiting the growth and spread of mildew throughout your recreational vessel is to arrange for a complete cleaning of both the cabin and the deck. Check any and all enclosed areas where mildew is likely to grow—closets, cabinets, and containers—and remove any organic material such as soil or food remnants that may linger in these spaces. Removing dirty material will ensure mildew and other harmful bacteria have no access to the resources they need to growth and spread.

Seal Any Existing Leaks and Reinforce Weak Areas

Excess moisture in dark areas is the number one cause for the growth and spread of mildew throughout your recreational vessel. Perform a thorough inspection of your boat to identify any leaks, paying particular attention to submerged areas of the cabin, including walls, floors, and exposed pipes. As you conduct your walk-through of the boat, note any weak areas that could be susceptible to leakage, and then arrange for reinforcements or replacements as necessary. 

Increase Ventilation Throughout the Vessel

Proper preventive boat maintenance that will help you eliminate the growth and spread of mildew in your recreational vessel in the long term means effective ventilation. If you haven’t already, install vents throughout your cabin to help circulate air and dehumidify the area to keep mildew from reoccurring throughout the year. 

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