In autumn and winter, sailors are not only troubled by the low temperatures, but also that in the cold everything is somehow always damp and nothing dries properly. A heater below deck provides warm and dry air so that oilskins can also dry off. But what about the sea boots? Once they are wet, they won't dry out anytime soon. If the inside of the shoes remains moist for a longer period of time, an ideal habitat is created for bacteria, which quickly cause unpleasant odors.
This is remedied by boot dryers, which generate warm air like a fan heater, which can then be directed precisely through hoses into the shoes or boots. Decathlon has a device that can dry a pair of boots with its two air outlets. But there are also models with four air outlets.
The Therm IC dryer is operated with 230 volts, so it only works with shore power in the port. However, with 50 watts it has a very low output, so operation with an inverter should not immediately drain the batteries even without shore power. In contrast to a fan heater, the boot dryer only needs to heat a very small space, namely the inside of the boot. The Therm IC boot dryer costs 39 euros at Decathlon.
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Two pairs of boots can be dried at the same time with this model
The Meliss shoe dryer can dry four shoes, i.e. two pairs, at the same time. A maximum of 350 watts of power is required for this. The duration can be set to a maximum of 120 minutes with a timer. Due to the higher power consumption, operation with an inverter without shore power is hardly possible. Even if the inverter provides the power, the battery capacity must also be sufficient. But after a day of sailing in the harbor in the evening, it is nice to get your boots warm and dry again with shore power. The shoe dryer is available from Amazon from 34 euros.
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