|The struggle with
tropical heat is nothing compared to the battle against moisture.
in the tropics can reach a percentage of 90% and it destroys your boat and
your gear. At first you don't see it but after a few weeks the tiny black
spots appear everywhere and by then it is too late.
||Prevention is the
key word. We left our "Bison Vochtvreters" (water absorbing silicons) at home, because we thought we would not need
them outside cold and wet Holland. But this wasn't in the least true.
Fortunately we have been able to buy the hardware (special boxes) and refills in Paramaribo.
Of course we placed one of them immediately in the navigational area next
to the laptop, because this one doesn't crave a humid atmosphere.
And if we don't use the laptop, we never leave it on the table anymore but
we keep it with a "Vochtvreter" in a separate drawer, together with our
spare laptop and the camera's.
|With our laptop
we have learnt our lesson: keep the boat as dry as possible by introducing
as little water as possible (eat out!), good
ventilation and use water absorbing salts or silicons. We also make them ourselves:
small bags made of mosquito nets, and filled with rice. You can place them
in drawers, small cupboards, etc.
Furthermore everything we don't use in the tropics (sailing suits, wetsuits,
sweaters, shoes, etc.) is washed, dried and packed in plastic bags. The
shoes and boots accompanied by rice bags, because leather is the first
material on board to attract mushrooms.