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Dehumidifiers & Wooden Topsides

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Purely out of habit whenever I leave Dakota between trips I set the dehumidifier running on a low but constant setting (it has a drain tube that I can leave in the sink)

It occurred to me that this could actually be too much of a good thing as I do it all year. Any thoughts or experience in this regard among members, am I in danger of over drying the wood?

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As long as you leave it set at 65% or normal that will be fine.  65% is normal relative atmospheric moisture.

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Thanks, that's a relief as I suddenly had a feeling I might have been doing more arm than good!

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It has been known for wooden cabin sides to dry out during long dry spells in the season and then leak like a sieve for a few days before swelling back up and sealing when the weather breaks. 

All part of the fun of wooden boat ownership...

 

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It's always fun, sometimes scary, but fun! 👍

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14 hours ago, Ray said:

I might have been doing more arm than good!

I appear to have dropped my aitch! ☺

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If you have Wi-fi at the mooring I can recommend using a Sonoff to control the dehumidifier. I'll be fitting another one to control the bilge heaters for this Winter. 

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There is WiFi but I'm very lucky and only live a 15 or 20 minute drive away so can make adjustments as needed.

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Make sure the dehumidifier operates with a timer, some makes don't restart if they are turned off with a timer.

Ideally they are best run between 10am and 5pm as that is the warmest time, usually.

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