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Write to be heard: Reader weighs in on germs


I was sitting in my favorite chair one evening in September reading the current issue of The Triton. As I read the various articles, one jumped up and hit me in the face. The article was titled “The Secrecy of Germs” by Dorie Cox.

In her article, Ms. Cox said the germs that exist in boats/yachts do not want to be talked about, but rather shoved under the sole and left to be forgotten.

There is nothing we can do about the fact no one wants to talk about the situation. We do agree that there is a serious problem on boats and yachts with bad or funky air.

It just so happens that my wife and are manufacturer’s representatives for a boat/yacht interior air purification system so we know for a fact that germs (and other airborne contaminants) are real and should be talked about. They are all around us and need to be dealt with – not just ignored or simply tolerated.

Poor air quality affects hundreds of millions of people every day. And the air inside boats and yachts is not excluded. The reality is that most people do experience some issues with the air quality inside their vessels and report symptoms such as headaches, stuffiness, coughing, and even increased snoring.

The nature of boats mean smaller, enclosed areas with more shared air – similar to classrooms where kids exchange much more than stories. And many boats do not run air when unoccupied. The nature of a dark, enclosed space with plenty of moisture (docked in water) provides the ideal breeding ground for a number of unwelcomed guests. Even larger yachts can have issues with cooking and other odors as well as the sharing of germs.

So yes, we need to talk about what is in the air and how to make it healthier, not pretend the germs do not exist.

For decades, people just accepted that time spent on their boat equaled some irritation. But they still complained about it. These frequent complaints led to the development of Nautic Air, which
was named the 2008 IBEX Innovation Award winner for finally addressing such a common issue. NauticAir is an air purification and filtration system based on a proprietary process that combines ultraviolet light (UV) and Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) photo catalytic oxidation (PCO) technology to produce hydroxyl radicals, which are proven to oxidize and eradicate bacteria, molds, viruses, pollen, allergens, Anthrax, Swine Flu, Avian Flu, Hepatitis A, MRSA, Norovirus, SARS, and other airborne, infectious biohazards. All of which may be found on board or potentially carried on by a passenger.

The potential risks of these germs should not be kept “secret.”

One final thought: Boaters are concerned with their water purification but tend to ignore their
air purity. Healthier air makes just as much sense.

Rodger E. Stone II and Leslye A. Stone
Bristol Clean Air of Florida

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