I live in Southern Florida, but having being raised in New Hampshire, it took me a few years to get used to the heat, sun, and humidity. With the rainy season upon us and heat indexes in the 104-108F range, staying cool in the sweltering weather takes careful thought.
I think the heat of the day is between 1pm-3pm so I work hard to be under cover and within range of a breeze during that time. A bimini or dodger can lower the perceived temps by 10F, an awning over the cabin can do the same, and a breeze or fan can make things more tolerable.
During the dog hours, I'm under shade, drinking liquids, leaving anything more physical than breathing or reading for cooler hours, and relaxing.
Being under shade on a boat doesn't exclude one from using proper sun block, though. And it seems to me that the sun here in SoFlo beats harder on my thinning hair than further north.
Capt. Douglas Abbott
USCG/MCA IV/C.I./M.I. 500-ton Oceans
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