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I store my bu in a garage near the lake I frequent. My modus operandi is to use the boat to the last minute, then put it up before returning home from the weekend. After a week the carpet is still damp.

Is this a problem? If so, what can I do about it? Any specific products? Thanks.

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BlastRlxi

Is there electric service where you store your boat? If so, I would try to shop vac as much of the water out of your carpet as you can. You can also put a fan in the boat to help dry it out. There are also other products out there that you can place in the boat that will absorb moisture while you are gone.

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jshap

Yeah, get as much of the excess water out as you can. Damp carpet dries, soaked carpet dries too, but it takes much much longer and can lead to a funky smell. Cordless shopvac or reg shop vac if you have electricity. After that, try some Sta-dri pellets to soak up the excess moisture in the air. If you do buy the pellets, do a search, there are cheaper ways to buy it. Like here.

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gonorth

Do you cover the boat, if so and you don't need to then don't cover it. If you think you need it covered then be sure you have a cover that breathes good. Or cover it loose and put a 2X4 or someting across the gunnels in the middle of the boat so the cover has some open space to breathe. The fan is an excellent suggestion. A dehumidifier in the storage space would help too, but only if it is a confined space and you have power.

Another tip for the bilge, I fashioned a gizmo to hold up the dog house. Piece of plywood about 10X10 inches, about an inch short of one edge I screwed on a 2X4, on the other side of the 2X4 I screwed on another piece of plywood about 5X10 inches with the same inch sticking up to make a 'pocket' for the bottom of the dog house to sit in and the other end of the 10X10 plywood on the carpet up against my pilon. It is small enough to store in the side pocketes in the boat.

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