I like my boat to feel fresh and clean. Actually, that's only partly true. What is more true is that I want my beautiful wife to like my boat and she wants it to feel fresh and clean.
So I do a few things. I keep it clean. And, now I keep it fresh. Behold the Down the Hatch Vent, otherwise known as The Freshmaker:
I love this thing. From the front and from the side:
Another virtue of this gizmo is my planned overnight with Camille to Angel Island. When I was a kid, I was always sent up to the v-berth when spending the weekend in the Keys. Of course, this was in Florida in the summer and the interior of a boat was miserable but, alas, that's where I was sent. And we had a gizmo like this to keep the v-berth nice and fresh.
Except the one time we really needed it. It was hot humid muggy and rainy. When the hatches were shut you could just see the mildew growing. Ugh. So out comes the contraption, hooked up and spraying cool wind and rainwater into the v-berth. Everyone else on the boat was cool and comfortable and I was cold and wet. I still remember this 30 years later of course so who am I to deprive my daughter of such once in a lifetime memories?