Ted Reese – Founder’s Story
I have a 61-foot Viking boat and my wife and I cruise our boat. We use it extensively and sleep on the boat.
What I realized is that, when I would wake up in the morning, I would have itchy eyes and I would be stuffed up.
We ran our air-conditioner at low temperatures, but something was going on in the boat and so I decided to get a portable dehumidifier and placed it outside the master stateroom. I turned the dehumidifier on, I was amazed, after about five hours, how much water was in that container.
I continued to run the dehumidifier for a couple of years, but there was a problem. It was not convenient that every time we would leave the harbor.
We would need to manage the portable dehumidifier, empty the bucket, and move it to a closet. Inevitably, moving it to the closet, water would spill on me from the coils and onto the carpet. When we would come back into the harbor, we would need to take it out of the closet and reconnect it.
It did help the itchy eyes and the stuffiness in the morning.
I decided that, with my size boat, there’s got to be a way to install a similar system that would be more effective and out-of-the-way. That’s when RiteAire Marine was created. The key individual is Hector Escardo, who did a lot of work on my boat. He’s an expert yacht carpenter, if you will, a shipwright. Hector could build cabinets and fix and replace a wide variety of items.
Together, we came up with a dehumidifier system. We knew:
- Specs Had To Be Compact
- A Unit Ended Up Being 12 Inches Wide, 12 Inches High, & 22 Inches Long
- It Plugged Into Regular 110 Current
- Draw Low Amperage – 4 Amps.
- Had To Have Multiple Coils
- Boat’s Moist Air Passing By The Coils Would Drop Out A Lot Of Water.
- It Would Take Out About 75 Pounds Of Water A Day. That’s A Lot Of Water.
- These Were Many Of Important Design Specs.
Having a unit installed out-of-the-way enabled us to run ductwork to multiple staterooms, which we found was important.
Not only did we want to remove the moisture from the master stateroom, but we wanted to control the moisture totally inside the boat.
From research literature, we learned that it was important to get the moisture under 50%.
Airconditioning cannot reduce the humidity below 50%.
We learned that when moisture is over 50%, it holds items like dust mites, mold spores, and we learned that it holds chemicals like formaldehyde.
Now that we have that solution in place, we no longer have these problems.
Now, when I wake up in the morning, I don’t have itchy eyes, I don’t have stuffiness.
I feel healthy and we know that we’re maintaining a healthy environment within the entire yacht.
Viking 72’ Success Story
Viking 68’ Success Story
How We Eliminated Mold and Mildew on Our Viking 76 and 80
Captain Pat Young
The owners of the Seahawk have been highly sensitized to odors since they found mold in their private residence. They had to have their home rebuilt because of the mold and odor problem. They could smell some of the same odors on their yacht in addition to the smell of diesel.
Express Project Manager
A short while ago I was working on a project for one of our customers. They had recently purchased an 88’ yacht, had taken it out for a cruise then came to me with an issue all too familiar to anyone who has been around big yachts.
Captain Abner Pires
“Before installing a RiteAire Marine™ Dehumidifier we kept 4 air conditioners running pretty much
full time. Still the yacht had a moldy, musty smell. We’ve been using RiteAire Marine™ for 4 months and now operate only 2 air conditioners. The moldy, musty smell is gone!”
– Captain Abner Pires, 57’ Tollycraft Motor Yacht
I recently purchased a Baia 84 yacht. unused for many years. The interior reeked of mold and mildew. It not only smelled bad, but the atmosphere inside the yacht was unhealthy. I knew the rebuilding process was going to be expensive. I was resolved to find a way to protect my health AND my investment going forward.
Jay Chatham, Backlash Marine Management
“With RiteAire Marine™ Solution in operation on a Viking 61, the hu¬midity level automatically stays at 45%. The yacht just smells clean. No musty, damp air odor typical of most yachts. Air conditioners alone can’t do the job. With a RiteAire Marine™ Dehumidifier you can feel the dry air difference immediately. “
– Jay Chatham, Backlash Marine Management
Successful Yacht Installations Include:
It took away my watery eyes and runny nose, I was amazed! I am very pleased with the high quality installation, performance, and benefits of the RiteAire Marine™ Dehumidifier and would recommend it to any big boat owner.Capt. Mike Hunter, Princess Lilly - Viking 66