No hazmat suit required
Anyone who is familiar with the television series Holmes_on_Homes would know that the show’s lead Michael Holmes has a real thing against mold. So much so that, in several of the episodes I have watched, he seemed pretty quick to call in a crew wearing hazmat suits to deal with any such problem. Perhaps I may be underestimating the severity of the issue but regardless, I honestly think Mike should avoid any extended stay on a boat. With how common at least minor incidences of mold are onboard ships, I don’t think he’d be all that comfortable.
Fortunately for us, mold has never been a big problem on ZTC, at least not since we left the colder weather of Canada. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the majority of a catamaran’s living space is above the waterline as compared to a monohull’s which is below it. Or it could be the fact that we have a multitude of hatches and ports which afford us great ventilation. Regardless of why, we are happy that it hasn’t been as big a deal for us as it has been for others. The only real mold casualties on our boat have been items made of leather. I’m not sure why but shoes and other items made from leather seem to attract mold infinitely more than things made from synthetics, even when stored side by side with them. We’re now at the point where there are no more leather shoes on our boat. After cleaning the few pairs that we left Canada with several times, we gave up and tossed them.
If we do notice any surface mold on bulkheads or other items, we now use a product called Mold Armor and it seems to make very short work of it. Note that we do not wear a hazmat suit while applying this product!