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Very wet boat

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We got caught in a storm while driving home yesterday. I dont have a towable cover, so we tow topless. Usually watch the weather and predict our day from there. We pulled out and headed home in a light rain. About 20minutes from home the sky opened up and soaked everything. I know its a boat and its supposed to get wet but the cupholders were full! What do I need to pay attention to as far as short term or long term problems on my 96 Sunsetter VLX? I'm lucky enough to have a nice large shop to store the boat in and I have fans set up to dry out with. Are ther any hidden items that I might miss?

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Pull all the plugs to get any water out of the bilge and ski locker. If the carpet is still very wet, shop vac it out as best as possible. Pull all the removable cushions and let them air dry with a fan on them. Then, let the fans in your shop dry the rest of the boat.

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Agree with Pistol's recommendation.

I used to do the same as you do and try to predict the weather. After getting caught in a few storms and having to clean up the boat from the road spray, I bought at towable cover. Probably one of the best investments I have made for my boat. Everytime I get caught in a storm, I just smile knowing I am not going to go through what you are about to go through. Whistling.gif You should consider it.

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Another thing I do is put the cushions in my old 98 black car and sit it in the sun with a window cracked to dry the cushions ... got to let some of the steam out. I'm sure that heat isn't the greatest for the cushions but still better than direct sun, IMHO.

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