Any fellow sailors recognize this?
With the exception of New Zealand, almost all our sailing experience has been in the tropics. Bill and I do not like cold weather. The one time we visited a ski lodge neither of us ventured outside.
So this is our first experience of winter weather while living aboard a sailboat. Granted, we are docked in a marina with shore power and have 3 electric heating units to keep us warm. But yet we still complain about the cold (especially Bill).
I tolerate the cold better than Bill, but there is one thing about this winter weather that is driving me batty.......condensation on the aluminum frames of our hatches and side ports.
Every morning we wake to droplets of water dripping down off the angled hatch on the rear wall of our aft cabin. I dry off the aluminum frame before we go to bed each night. And in the morning it is dripping again. I can find no solution for this, so if anyone has any ideas please pass them on to us. One friend suggested insulated hatch covers on the outside to help with the temperature variance between interior and exterior. But with the high winds common to this area during the winter, I am afraid that exterior hatch covers would be blown away regardless of how securely they are tied.
Okay, so all you northern climate sailors --- how do you keep condensation from forming on the interior of your hatches and side ports?