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Old 11-14-2007, 08:11 PM   #21
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Foot Grease

I have found that bare feet or even sandals are not a good idea on my boat because there are a few things like handrail stanchions that will break your toes or at least bloody them.

My four engine cowls have molds which extend from the inboard sides of the bulwarks and get black marks from "unauthorized" footwear. No other areas seem subject to any noticeable abuse from street shoes. Maybe I need to repaint my cowls black - not.
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Old 01-26-2008, 09:23 AM   #22
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rgano, (and everyone else for that matter)

Best solution for a boat sandal, is Keen footwear. They make a nonskid, nonmarking sandal with toe protection. Even a flip flop.

Also, not all black soled shoes are marking, in fact, these days most aren't, though it can be hard to tell.

Problem with most boat shoes, sperry, sebago, etc. is that while they are great for your boat they are lousy for your feet and back. No support whatsoever unless you put some sort of orthotic in them.

Here is the best place to buy Keen btw.

www.travelcountry.com

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Old 01-26-2008, 12:24 PM   #23
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RE: Foot Grease

Wear what you like when you visit us, bare feet, high heels, four doggy feet (thats all Sam our black lab has to wear lol), this is our home we want you to relax and enjoy your time here because that is what we do.

Heres a pic of Sam doing what he loves, chasing chooks (seagulls).
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Old 01-28-2008, 05:33 AM   #24
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In my "yachty " days Boat shoes were ONLY worn ON the boat , not down the dock or anywhere BUT aboard.

Now with a commercial style boat with flint and epoxy (Carrier flight deck paint) in all the walkways , come on in anything but spiked boots is just fine.

Not a single SQ inch of teak , or exterior varnish , to ruin my day!


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Old 01-28-2008, 06:31 AM   #25
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Marin wrote:

But you guys are all talking about people feet. What about dog feet? Dogs have only five sweat outlets and four of them are feet. One of our slip neighbors bought non-skid booties for his black lab. He did it because on a sailboat every deck surface is curved or slanted, so the dog quickly learned that the non-skid booties are Good. Our decks are teak and we figure any oily sweat that comes off our dog's feet is just going to be good for the wood, so we don't care.

So what do you do about friends (or non-friends) who want to come aboard with their dogs with their sweaty, stinky paws?

-- Edited by Marin at 16:54, 2007-10-29
The guy who invented non-skid soles (Sperry??) modeled them after his dog's feet. He wondered why his dog could run around all day on wet surfaces without slipping. When he looked at the surface of his dog's paws, he went back and put a bunch of razor cuts on his smooth surfaced flip flops... voila!

So your boat shoes are really just dog feet replicas!
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I've heard that too, Keith. It's pretty interesting.
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:38 AM   #27
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I second the Keen recommendation.* Great shoes.

But if the decks are wet I get dirty footprints either way.* Try to be clever and wash off the feet/sandals from the get-go, then go from the boat to the dock and back and ... dammit!

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rgano, (and everyone else for that matter)

Best solution for a boat sandal, is Keen footwear. They make a nonskid, nonmarking sandal with toe protection. Even a flip flop.

Also, not all black soled shoes are marking, in fact, these days most aren't, though it can be hard to tell.

Problem with most boat shoes, sperry, sebago, etc. is that while they are great for your boat they are lousy for your feet and back. No support whatsoever unless you put some sort of orthotic in them.

Here is the best place to buy Keen btw.

www.travelcountry.com

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