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Old 09-16-2010
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Foul weather gear (jacket, pants, boots, gloves, thermals); 3pr boat shorts; 1pr good shorts; 3 long sleeved boat t-shirts, 1 long sleeved good shirt; 2 loud short sleeved Hawaiian shirts, 2pr flops; 2pr water shoes (Merrills w Vibram soles for water and light shore walking); 1pr med duty hiking boots; 1pr sorta good shoes, 4pr socks; 3pr sailing gloves; 2 Tilley hats; 1 baseball hat; 1 sweater; 1 light water resistant jacket; several handkerchiefs.

The good clothes are stored away in a waterproof bag and are designed for shore times. Boat clothes are clothes that have degraded from good to don't wear ashore unless you want to be razzed.

I wear flops most of the time (arches and age) or the Merrills if I need good traction and foot protection whether aboard or on shore. I really like the Merrills and since they're hard to find and fit to my big feet, I have a spare pair. The Merrills aren't what I'd call adequate hiking boots, so I have a pair of those for long walks, long shopping trips, or excursions. I will walk the shore or sand barefoot but will not, under any conditions, walk the dirt streets or paved roads barefoot.

I wear synthetic clothing most of the time as it seems to last the longest, be economical to wash, and isn't expensive. A spare Tilly, baseball hat, and rest of the gear for when temps drop below 75F or the rain's not hard enough to warrant the foul weather gear.
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