Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Leather is No Bueno
No, I have not become a PETA activist while out cruising, but leather on a boat is a truly horrendous idea. We have discovered this the hard way. Vlad has lost two pairs of shoes, his only close-toed shoes I might add, and a wallet. The above picture is what Vlad's shoes looked like after three - count them three - applications of mold and mildew inhibitor.
None of these items were stored deep in a locker or any other low-airflow spot. Nope, they were just right out there basking in the moist Panamanian air. Speaking of mold and mildew, I just looked at my camera case, which hangs by a strap on a brass hook on the outside of the port side locker, and it, too, has mildew on it! So it's not just leather, but leather is by far the most affected by the damp, mildewy grossness. Vlad's shoes were eaten alive within four months, gray-green mold dusting every inch of his last remaining pair of actual shoes. Word to the wise. If you value your expensive leather hiking boots, then save them from this unsightly fate, and leave all your leather goods at home.