Following recent updates from multiple marine insurers we are issuing this safety notice alongside many other marina operators.
If you are using a dehumidifier on your boat within the Marina or Boatyard, you must only use a well-maintained, certified 'desiccant dehumidifier' that has been designed to run unattended 24/7 and at low temperatures.
Desiccant dehumidifiers without a compressor are the only type of dehumidifier suited for boats in the UK where temperatures regularly drop below 18°C, compared to a 'compressor dehumidifier' which can freeze in low temperatures resulting in the unit overheating and becoming a major fire risk.
Insurers are now increasingly incorporating a requirement for dehumidifiers to be rated for marine use as a condition of cover. As a result, boat owners must only use 'desiccant dehumidifiers' onboard their vessels, and to follow these general safety tips:
Avoid 'compressor dehumidifiers' as temperatures below 18°C (65°F) can cause the coil to get too cold and freeze up. A frozen coil is a known cause of compressor overheating. A 'desiccant dehumidifier' that has been designed to run unattended 24/7 and at low temperatures is the only type of dehumidifier suitable for boats moored in the UK where cooler temperatures can prevail.
Ensure that the unit is operated and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Most units will have a requirement that they are only used on a level flat surface and are well-ventilated.
Be aware that in strong winds boats can heel over and there is the possibility for your dehumidifier unit may fall over and create a major fire risk, particularly if ventilation becomes obstructed as a result. Consider fixing your unit in place to prevent this.
Before plugging in to the electricity supply, please check that the dehumidifier is upright and well-ventilated, particularly if you have been to sea or been lifted for a scrub/dry storage etc. You must also have an electricity meter to use the power supply.
Ensure any filters the dehumidifier may have are regularly cleaned.
Ensure your chosen dehumidifier comes with the 'CE' or 'UKCA' mark.
How we are helping with this?
Parkstone Bay Marina is now able to supply the SEAGO EcoDry Desiccant Dehumidifier at a special price to berth holders of £169.95 (£30 off the RRP of £199.95)
The ecodry is specifically designed for boats and marine applications with the environment in mind. The ecodry desiccant dehumidifier has no harmful gases and no compressor making this compact machine highly efficient and economic.
The ecodry is simple to operate with a clear display showing you everything you need to know at a glance. Once the desired humidity is set ecodry is fully automated. Capable of continuous operation (ideal for boats) the ecodry will stay set. Auto restart ensures the ecodry comes back online with the last settings in the event of a power outage.
If you would like to purchase a dehumidifier at this special price please call or email the marina office;