Chaguaramas Trinidad and Ocean Currents

Chaguaramas Trinidad

This guy is leaving next Tuesday for Brazil, he had it all map out and showed how the currents were against the boat until you went around the point of South America, he had map of winds, currents, etc. He is going out into the ocean farther to avoid the problems and coming back.

A Quote he had on his wall and said he lived by.

This is my dreamboat, a Catamaran, has a some flat area up front for laying in the sun sort of like Kevin Costner in the Waterworld movie. I asked a guy how much and he said not too much, starting at 100,000 U.S.A. Dollars, I about fell over laughing, from his perspective this is not much, to me I am looking at boat under 20 thousand, no more.

On the other hand, I think a person could make this boat a lot cheaper than 100,000 Dollars, especially with many boys getting paid 10 dollars per day, as is the normal wage for much of the world.

I found this bottle of deodorizer on the table, maybe Craig is using for his terrible smelling sandals. The rubber of some shoes is bad and makes them stink, only solution is to throw them, you really do not want stinky shoes in a one-room home. However if he purchased this for smell, than he is about 10 times over backpacker budget. These type of things are only when you are staying a month in a room not moving around. The weight it too much also.

SAVED, he purchased the stuff for his smell shoes; he says they are expensive? hmm. I will go check. TEVA, off my list of shoes to ever purchase, I do not buy smells, I think the problem is it has soft leather, not a good situation for Sandals, plus on the too heavy side for a backpackers. The are really shoes without all the parts.


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Tevas water-sandals are the most smell resistant sandals I have ever used, provided you get the versions with the zinc anti-microbial substance embedded in the polyurethane sole.

The nylon straps will mildew if you let them stay wet, but this can be fixed by dipping the sandals in a strong solution of bleach, then rinsing, then coating with baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) to remove the bleach smell. As long as the Tevas don't stay wet permanently, this sort of mildew won't be a problem.

All leather sandals will smell if they get wet too much.

Craig purchased the deodorizer because his shoes STINK.

I know they stink.

Absorbing water and leather is a problem with soft leather. IT STINKS, does not dry, and we need to put them stinky shoes in a backpack. They are also too heavy, I would ditch them if I was him.

Lemme tell ya Ralph, I think there's a reason that Teva discontinued the RS Universal line of their sandals... Gave me really bad blisters when I was breaking them in (in Puerto Rico), and now after the rains in Tobago they've become ripe. I think I'm fighting a losing battle with these sandals.

Ah, yes, you have LEATHER Tevas. That's another story. Very bad. Get the original "rubber" versions. Actually, these have an EVA (ethylene vinyl acrylate) topsole, rather than real rubber, with some sort of zinc anit-microbila treatment embedded in the EVA which discourages fungus growth and thus smell.

The imitation Tevas that are made in Brazil and elsewhere lack this anti-microbial treatment and hence are more likely to smell. Depending on your foot chemistry, they might smell after a very short period of time. But such sandals are still better than leather sandals, in my experience. Just treat them with bleach when they start to stink, or expose them to strong sunlight.

Tevas are quite durable, though the bottom sole sometimes comes unglued from the topsole after a few months. To glue them back together, use ShoeGoo or McNett Seam Grip or other glue consisting of gel polyurethane. A 1oz tube of ShoeGoo (available at any Walmart in the US) should be in every travalers repair kit, since it is hard to find in the third world and all shoes/boots/sandals have a tendency for the bottom sole to come unglued after a few months. This is a problem if you have large feet (American size 11 and up, European size 44 and up) since large shoes are hard to find in much of the third world. (I couldn't find anything bigger than size 10 in Guatemala when my shoes went kaputt there. I ended up buying some cheap size 10 sandals that starting stinking after 2 or 3 days...)

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