03-27-2007, 03:26 PM
I just got a call from the marine where I have my boat in storage, and he informed me that my boat is filled with mildew and mold. The owner of the marine where I keep my boat said "when your boat was winterized they never removed the drain plug" . I am going on a trip in 10 days and this is the worst news I could get. Also when I picked my boat up from the dealership it was raining and the cover was on and the poles were not put up to hold the cover firm. It looked like a small pond on top of the cover and ran over the sides into the boat and left water in the hull of the boat which eventually molded. Maybe I'm somewhat to blame, not sure how or even if it matters. PLEASE HELP.

03-27-2007, 04:23 PM
I had a problem with my cover last winter and it leaked water in. I pulled everything out of the storage compartments opened all of the storage areas and uncovered the boat during dry days. I got to the mold and mildew early and it cleaned right off. The stock canvas boat cover lost its repellancy and the water dripped in and I'm getting a new custom cover made as we speak. I went a little too long with this cover.

03-27-2007, 07:15 PM
My buddy just went to pick it up and called me and said it's everywhere. Also the dealership called me and said that it should not mold unless there is a mold problem inside the place I stored it. Sounds like a crock to me, the storage owner says it's the dealers fault for leaving the plug in it. The dealer says it's a mold problem at the storage place. I guess I'm on my own on this one besides the advice I'm getting from everyone which I really appreciate.

03-27-2007, 07:54 PM
Someone please tell me what I should do.

03-27-2007, 08:55 PM
listen to what diggs said over on ww.

it will clean up. just check more into the electrical and if that is all okay you should be fine with some elbow grease.

hope all works out okay...db

03-27-2007, 08:58 PM
You need to start drying out the boat. 1. Remove everything from your storage areas 2. Suck out as much water as you can with a shop vac and if your floor is saturated you may want to get a shampooer and get the mold and water at the same time 3. Clean and dry the fabric and any area that has mold. Other threads have discussed the cleaner to use. 4. Air the boat out if your days are dry and warm or get a heated storage unit and keep it opened up with a fan to dry the carpet. If that is too much work then some detailing shops may be able to do the work. Wish you the best. My opinion, I would hold off on the electrical and keep the battery disconnected until the boat is throughly dried out to allow any moisture in the stereo to dry out and if we're lucky (I'm going through the same thing) the stereo will work fine.

03-27-2007, 10:43 PM
Well, clean then dry. Mold cleans best wet so get after it soon. Finish with Aero 303. The musty smell in the carpet will come out with the Arman Hammer pet odor stuff – that stuff is magic. Time and sun will also help the stains and smell.

My first question would be what do the other boats in the building look like? Do they have their plugs in or out? (I bet it makes no difference). I store four boats including my own in a metal building; I know I expect the owners to dry their own boat. The dealer did not remove the plug but you didn’t either. I suppose if they had and you sunk your boat it would be on them as well?

You cannot store these boats wet, plug or no plug. I never cover mine in storage except for the winter when it is completely dry – even then I drop a light bulb inside. I run a fan and when it is really bad I run a dehumidifier in the summer. I remove EVERYTHING when it is wet to get air in and dry it out – standing water in the bilge was not your problem. Damp throughout your boat from trapped humidity and a wet cover was.

My guess is that if you are in Ohio and you are talking about a marina, you drove at least three hours in the rain, popped the hitch and hauled the mail for home.

I doubt it is anything that a few hours (or more) of cleaning will not solve. Log it as a stupid tax and press on, good advice above on the electrical however. I really think pinning this on the marina or George is a reach.


03-28-2007, 01:26 AM
Marine Spray 9 does WONDERS on mold / mildew ! Kills it and cleans it! That plus clean water, and a good brush and your boat will look/smell spic and span in no time. Drain and vac as said above, and let the sun and breeze get everywhere. Dry is good, wet is bad.

Your cover may need a wash in one of the big coin-op washers with some lysol in the water, or use a big flat area and hose and scrub by hand.

If the mold is bad, use a mask while working till most of it is gone if you are sensitive to it.

Finish with 303 as stated above as well. That will make it look as good as new.

It will all be OK!


03-28-2007, 01:49 AM
In the future I would recomend you alway put a couple "Dry-Z-Air" units in your boat when stored for long periods of time. These are an inexspensive moisture remover that prevent mold.

03-28-2007, 03:17 AM
Smokedog ?, I'm not looking to put the blame on anyone although through conversations with other dealers and boat owners you always take the drain plug out when you winterize your boat. Shame on me for not checking. When my boat was picked up it was mentioned to the owner of the storage place that place I had my boat winterized thought it was a mold problem so he was happy to let my friend look at other boats in storage. None of them had a mildew problem. The only thing that upset me with the co. that winterized my boat was that the poles were not put under my cover which filled up with water and over flowed inside my boat amd left a huge stain on my cover. No I did not just drop it off at storage after I picked it up from being winterized. I used a shopvac to get the water out and let it dry a couple of days, maybe not long enough. Yes I know it is my responsibility to make sure my boat is dry before I put it away for the winter. Hey mistakes happen I made one by not fully understanding the process of winterizing my boat. I did not know there was anything I needed to do to make sure there was no water in the hull of my boat. I assumed that was taken care of lessoned learned. There is also the possibillity there was a mold problem before I bought the boat and the conditions were perfect for it to grow like wildfire. Who knows, I'm just glad it came clean.

04-07-2007, 10:44 AM
My boat stays on a lift all winter, therefore I cannot remove the plug in case the lift malfunctions. Never had an issue with mildew, but then again I am very certain to dry it thoroughly prior to its final resting. However, if there is the rogue spot, SD2 and I share the same remedies.

04-07-2007, 07:28 PM
Welcome back LAD. Did you hear Laura H. left your bank late last year? I'm once again following her - that will be four banks (and back to where she & I started no less).

I have been pushing for better on line capabilities, esp for the business for quite awhile. The on line stuff is very good where she is now. You’re going to get killed if you don't catch up.

You're not last though. I needed some records from a bank a partner was with - $1,000 for everything I wanted (was might have been part of the problem). I was not happy!

That would be Liberty Bank. Yea, I'm still not happy.

Which way are interest rates going to go? I am lining up a bunch of corp RE refi’s to get some locked in rates. Should I wait? If you know for sure you should be able to retire in 6 months :lol:


04-08-2007, 10:28 PM
What up Jeff? Did you hear I left my bank? He He. At NatCity now, for a lot of the reasons you mention. Very antiquated in its systems and procedures was HNB, and as we talked before sometimes you have to make a move to "cash in". Just call me Bob Huggins :D

Rates are a mystery. You've got the Fed digging in its heals, and the "street" is sure the Fed is going to lower rates so it is reacting adversely. Something has to happen, as this inverted yield curve on the spreads is making things nuts. Closed a 25 year, $6million dollar real estate loan for a guy last week on a strip mall at 7.25%, and turned around and gave him a line of credit at 8.25. Nuts.

You still looking around for lake property at Norris? I understand I have new neighbors from Cincy. Not met them yet, as we have not been down yet. Tracy

04-08-2007, 11:36 PM
Well, I feel better about my 6.99. The move from 4.99 still hurt. Was that fixed? I’d really like to limit my down side. Rents don’t move 40% in a couple years.

Glad to hear you're working the expert form a far syndrome - Laura is far higher in the food chain than if she had stayed anywhere.

If you are interested I have a 6 minute Cisco presentation on the future from a maco look – well worth the time (my sister is at Cisco), it was part of a joint Gov & Cisco “Summit.” It is 6 meg so you need high speed to get it. PM a current e-mail if you want it. It has a couple slides on job changes.

I love on line banking but switching is a pain. Laura better stay put for awhile.

The lot I bought on the water fell through. Perk tested for a two bedroom, that just would not do.

I have lot #39 at Overlook Bay. We’ll build someday -or sell & buy on the water. I’d hate to run construction from here.

Snowed today :roll: but we'll be on the water soon!