Expert Travel Reviews

Care for Your Boat Cushions with These Tips

February 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

As every sailor knows, mildew is a constant struggle when you’ve got fabric on your boat. Mildew, which is really just mold in fabric, occurs when there is a damp, dark, and musty area for it to grow. To help prevent mildew growth, you should always dry and store your boat cushions when they are not in use. In addition to proper storage, you can use these tips to help clean and care for your cushions to extend their lifespan.

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The dryfast foam used in marine seating is designed to minimize how damp the cushion will get, and it is antimicrobial by nature to further reduce the chance of any growth. However, if mildew does set in your cushion, you have two options. Attempt to clean it well enough to remove the fungal growth, or to trash the cushion and purchase a new one. There are many mildew removing products on the market, but before choosing which one to use make sure that it is safe for use on your material.

Even if you find a strong mildew remover that won’t harm your cushion, depending on how bad the growth is, it may not be able to fully nullify the smell and people that use them do so with varying degrees of success. Some cushions may be able to withstand chlorine, in which case you may wish to try a chlorine-based cleaner or a water-bleach solution which will be much tougher on the mildew than your typical cleaner.

Of course, if your attempts to remove the stain are unsuccessful, replacing them with marine foam cushions is still always an option. To go this route, you will need to measure the vacant space your cushion would occupy to get the size and shape of the replacement. Don’t measure the cushions as they tend to shrink over time and you will find that your replacements don’t quite fit in the years to come.

After purchasing a replacement, redouble your efforts to keep your dry fast foam cushions from getting too wet and always remember to stow them away when they’re not in use. This will extend the lifetime of your new cushions and help keep you from having this headache again in the future.

Mold is also a respiratory concern, so it’s important for you to maintain boating cushions to prevent any breathing problems if you decide to do an overnight trip to the open waters.
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The Foam Factory is Southeast Michigan’s largest manufacturer of custom-cut foam products for indoor and outdoor use.

A Look into the Strong Demand for Cayman Real Estate

February 4, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

With a solid property market, purchasing property on the Cayman Islands is a smart choice.

The Cayman Islands is one of the most regulated offshore financial centers in the world due to the favorable taxation laws along with the leniency in real estate taxes – none on capital gains, income, or profits for foreign investors. From a tax perspective, this makes the Cayman Islands appealing for real estate investors.

A Revamped Property Market

Following the global economic recession, the Cayman Islands have experienced sudden a resurgence in the real estate market, bringing in a plethora of investors looking into Cayman Islands residential rentals. The strong demand for vacation homes along with flourishing transaction sales has led to believe that buyers have returned to this property market to pick up where they left off

Investment Characterization

After picking up the pieces, the real estate market grew to meet the needs of buyer around the world. Surprisingly, the combination of all three islands has provided a diverse range of properties available to buyers. This means more opportunities for investors to match the strong demand. There are two types of buyers that come to the Cayman Islands: the resident and the investor.

Grand Cayman continues to remain a popular market due to it being the base of operations for the financial services industry. Its present growth has led many to believe that its demand will sustain itself. Take a look at a Grand Cayman property listing and you’ll understand why the demand is what it currently is right now. While this is great for individuals looking to relocate, it’s also equally beneficial for real estate investors as well. The potential for excellent returns remains high and it doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon.

Rem Services offers Cayman condo rentals, residential rentals, and other property management services at an affordable cost.

Three Unusual and Provocative Shopping Hot Spots in Hong Kong

February 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By Phin Upham

Hong Kong has many sights to behold, but spending a day or two shopping is actually worth the effort. There are big brand retailers situated all over the city, but those looking for a unique experience can find one almost anywhere they look. Here are three of our favorites.

Ngong Ping 360

China declared in 2000 that it wanted to build a new tourism project, with gondolas leading to leading tourist destinations in the Hong Kong area. After a feasibility study, Ngong Ping was conceived. One first takes a gondola up to the home of the Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha. There, one can find an incredible retail and entertainment complex nestled in the hills.

Tung Choi Street

Known as part of Hong Kong’s “Lady’s Market”, Tung Choi is the most recognizable of a group of streets. Street markets are unique experiences. One part swap meet, one part buffet, these unique places are home to any kind of trinket you can afford to haggle for. Just be weary of some faked goods. Still, you can find some incredible bargains and very interesting merchandise.

Cat Street

Wondering how to complete your home’s Asian theme? Some ancient throw rugs from the Ming dynasty might do the trick, and you can find these kinds of treasures on Cat Street. If you’re looking for those quintessential souvenirs, like jade or silk, Cat Street is where you want to find yourself. Home to trinkets and unbelievable art, Cat Street is worth browsing even if you’re curious.


About the Author: Phin Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Phin Upham website or Twitter page.