Insufficient humidity control poses a significant concern for boats, exposing them to risks such as mould growth, deterioration of equipment and furniture, rusting of metal parts, and destructive rot in wooden components.
BOATS AND UNCONTROLLED HUMIDITY
Excessive humidity below decks can lead to unpleasant odours, mustiness, and a visually unappealing interior. As a result, boat owners are often obliged to remove their equipment at the end of the season, only to bring it back on board the following season. This process can be time-consuming and inconvenient. Implementing effective humidity control can alleviate these issues, ensuring a healthier and more visually appealing boat interior while removing the need for equipment removal and storage.
During the winter storage period, the interiors of boats commonly encounter a concerning problem: the moisture levels below deck tend to mirror those outside, reaching up to 100% relative humidity (RH). This excessive humidity becomes a breeding ground for corrosion and other forms of damage, especially when it surpasses the 65% RH threshold. When RH reaches 75%, unsightly, harmful mould growth occurs, and condensation can spoil woodwork, interiors and equipment.
Conventional solutions such as opening windows and hatches or utilising electric heaters are not effective enough to mitigate the detrimental effects that uncontrolled humidity poses to the boats. Implementing an effective humidity control solution to achieve and maintain low levels of airborne moisture during storage is crucial for preventing damage and ensuring the boat remains in optimal condition for the next boating season.
PROACTIVE ACTION AGAINST HUMIDITY ON BOATS
Some boat owners prefer to have compact dehumidifiers permanently installed and plumbed into the boat’s heating and ventilation systems, so they can keep below-deck areas dry and pleasant, regardless of weather conditions, or wet gear, sails and ropes sitting inside the boat.
Others prefer to use portable dehumidifiers and take them on and off the boat as required. This just requires a couple of plastic hoses to transfer wet and dry air.
CASE STORY: COTES PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE
In collaboration with Marselisborg Boat Storage Marina, our dehumidifier service played a crucial role in preserving the condition of the boats in their care.
Understanding the importance of maintaining optimal conditions for boat storage, we offered a specialised dehumidifier service that catered to the unique needs of boat owners. By connecting our Cotes C35 dehumidifier to a divider box, we ensured that a consistent flow of dry air was supplied to each individual boat, regardless of its size or type.
To empower boat owners with greater control and insight, we integrated advanced sensor technology within the boats themselves. These sensors accurately monitored and relayed humidity levels, allowing owners to track the moisture conditions remotely. With the convenience of QR code access or online service, boat owners could conveniently scan their individual sensors and instantly gauge the humidity levels within their boats.
"As the boats are located nearshore, they often encounter a 90-95% RH. With a Cotes adsorption dehumidifier constantly working during winter, the air being blown into the boats has an RH below 65%, preventing unwanted or excessive humidity." - Morten Hebsgaard, Product Specialist at Cotes
STAND-OUT SOLUTIONS FOR AVOIDING UNWANTED HUMIDITY
- Ensuring consistent performance, even in challenging conditions
- Comprehensive humidity management throughout the boat
- Dehumidification models specially designed for user needs and longevity
- Outstanding reliability and prompt customer support
- Cost-effective solutions offering a high return on investment, reducing maintenance costs and preserving boat value
RELIABLE HUMIDITY CONTROL REGARDLESS OF SEASONAL FLUCTUATIONS OR METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS
Cotes adsorption dehumidifiers offer the capability to:
- Prevent bacterial growth and accumulation of mould on surfaces
- Safeguard against corrosion and other damage that can reduce efficiency
- Inhibit the formation of harmful condensation, protecting woodwork and equipment
- Protect against dirt, unpleasant odours and damage
- Ensure better overall control of the air-drying process
THE ADVANTAGES OF OPTIMAL DEHUMIDIFICATION FOR BOAT STORAGE
Cotes adsorption dehumidifiers offer a range of benefits that contribute to the maintenance of attractive and reliable below-deck conditions for boats.
A Cotes dehumidifier provides the safest and most economical way to eliminate unwanted humidity from boats. This ensures consistent and controlled humidity levels regardless of the time of year, weather conditions, or other variables that impact the air’s moisture content.
By accurately measuring and monitoring relative humidity inside the boat, it becomes possible to establish and adjust optimal conditions, gaining a better understanding of the relationship between air temperature and moisture accumulation.
Cotes dry-air solutions are designed to achieve and maintain relative humidity levels even as low as 20% while minimising energy consumption. This allows for efficient and effective dehumidification, ensuring a comfortable and safe dry-air environment on board your boat.
Image: Cotes Adsorption Dehumidifiers
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