11 Apr Cratered
With cabin temperatures hovering around 49 Fahrenheit and relative humidity at 84%, my resolve cratered and I put the cabin heater on full.
Full in this case means 4 tiny restaurant candles wedged into a corner of the galley counter. These candles are one of my favourite boat hacks. They are odourless, burn continuous for up to 48 hours, are refillable if you care to, and best of all, cheap.
We use them when cruising the colder months of the year to help drive the moisture out of the cabins. With the cabin doors closed, they can help keep a winter chill at bay.
Finding the toilet paper was damp the last straw. I went digging for the candles and lit as many as I thought I could keep in one place while the boat rolled around in the swell. The net effect was to raise temperatures three or so degrees and drop the humidity a couple of points. All I cared about was seeing the temperature go up instead of down. Noticing a change after about an hour made it seem positively tropical inside.
I’ve got a few on board and I think I’ll throw caution to the wind and plan to use them all over the next couple of weeks . There just doesn’t seem to be any respite from the cold and damp until we’re back on the Pacific. And damp toilet paper standing as insult to injury is more than enough to drive me mad.
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