On our first cold, rainy day of the season, we noticed puddles of water forming underneath our hatches. Our hatches had never leaked before...why would they all start leaking now? I thought that perhaps the gaskets had shrunk in the cold, and so I tightened the latches. My solution was a failure, and the water just kept coming.
We soon discovered that our hatches were not leaking, but that the moist air inside the boat was condensing (at a frightening speed) on the cold metal frames of the hatches (much like a cold can of soda) and then dripping onto the floor. We soon discovered the same problem with our metal ports, which caused water to slowly drip down the sides of the hull. In certain places, water even condenses on the sides of the hull itself, which we discovered when we opened our closet to find that all of our clothes were soaking wet--condensation and wicking.
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