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i donot use sleeping bags. boat is my year round home-- i use regular sheets in summer and add down quilts in winter. no problem. has been so since 1990.
Me to, cotton sheets are cool in the tropics. I keep a few spares to change out on voyages as needed. Wool blanket for cool nights. Living on board since '78.
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I may know your from the ASA forums ten years back. Are you the Seahag living down in the Annapolis area? I recall you had a wooden boat and were one of those guaranteed a spot in heaven for all the vanishing you have done. Off the dock, you also had an interesting way to ...I better not say...
i am not from annapolis. i am not sea hag--i am zeehag...i learned NOT from asa, but the correct way, in my opinion--from an ancient mariner old salt who sailed tallships and who taught us apprentice style on his antique registered historic treasure of a gaff rigged sloop in upstate ny looooong ago--prolly before ye were born. his grandfather, my great grandfather founded half of chicago and the great lakes shipping company. i got no wooden boat --i has a formosa and an ericson, been selling ericson for 5 yrs--lol....but i am different.....
and i flat REFUSE to varnish any6 of my 110 ft of cap.taff rail. i keep it salt water trated nd beautiful. takes me 6 hours per year, and i sail.
been on west coast since 1973......sailed gulf of mexico near year, carib one month, and for a yr have sailed from san diego to l cruz de huanacxtle, nayarit, mexico.....might be a different person ...LOL
i might be cuter.......LOL
and i am gonna go to heaven, but not for varnishing-- because i did my stint as rn in intensive care, emergency and pacu for 30+ YRS.......


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  • Synthetic
  • No Cotton
  • No Down
  • Temp rating for when/where your going to use.
  • Full Length zip - In case you get hot you can peel open all the way.
  • Shape - your preference, but make sure it is long enough to cover shoulders

We have two semi-mummy bags. (REI and Sierra Designs) both can go to about 20 deg F, but they are a little warm for us in the high summer nights. I'd go with a 30/35 deg F bag for a boat specific bag, but I use these also for 3-season camping.

Get ones with a stuff sack. You can stuff the sack with clothes and use it as a pillow.

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Re: Good sleeping bag for sailing

Guess it depends om where your sailing, I have to sleep sleep on top of the sheets in cotton shorts with a fan bolwing on me most night's. A synthetic mummy bag would turn in to a soggy sweaty sponge down here and I'd most certainly get a rash from the synthetics on bare sweaty skin.

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Re: Good sleeping bag for sailing

cp5t aaron--with ye on that one-

- i dont camp out on sea--i LIVE on it..lol
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Re: Bag

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  • Synthetic
  • No Cotton
  • No Down
  • Temp rating for when/where your going to use.
  • Full Length zip - In case you get hot you can peel open all the way.
  • Shape - your preference, but make sure it is long enough to cover shoulders

We have two semi-mummy bags. (REI and Sierra Designs) both can go to about 20 deg F, but they are a little warm for us in the high summer nights. I'd go with a 30/35 deg F bag for a boat specific bag, but I use these also for 3-season camping.

Get ones with a stuff sack. You can stuff the sack with clothes and use it as a pillow.

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Do you use a sack stuffed with clothes as a pillow at your house in the suburbs to get that all important, much needed sleep? If you don't sleep well you'll be groggy, if your groggy you'll make a mistake. Very little room for error out here. last time I ran aground was because I was tired and complacent ( 2 months ago)
I hadn't slept well because the boat I was delivering had a skinny little bunk made for sitting not sleeping and I was using a spinnaker bag as a pillow. Miss read a marker at night entering the notorious N.W. channel in K.W. ( a channel I know like my pocket) and hit the mud. Cumfy pillow and cotton sheets! mummy bags and bivy sacks are for mountain sides. Boats have bunks.( and they should be wider than 18 inches!)
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Do you use a sack stuffed with clothes as a pillow at your house in the suburbs to get that all important, much needed sleep? If you don't sleep well you'll be groggy, if your groggy you'll make a mistake. Very little room for error out here. last time I ran aground was because I was tired and complacent ( 2 months ago)
I hadn't slept well because the boat I was delivering had a skinny little bunk made for sitting not sleeping and I was using a spinnaker bag as a pillow. Miss read a marker at night entering the notorious N.W. channel in K.W. ( a channel I know like my pocket) and hit the mud. Cumfy pillow and cotton sheets! mummy bags and bivy sacks are for mountain sides. Boats have bunks.( and they should be wider than 18 inches!)
Different strokes for different situations I guess.
I can't stand pillows most of the time. Never get a good night's sleep and my neck kills me in the morning. I always wake up with cold feet out the bottom of the blanket too. Much prefer my down bag in the house. In the house I use it turned inside out and unzipped, with my feet stuck in the footbox and the rest as a blanket essentially.(the outside was a softer silk like shell, inside is tougher).
Doesn't go over so well when I've got company but whenever I'm single I sleep this way. Enough blankets to be warm in many houses I've lived in was a problem to keep the layers all even, a sleeping bag was light, comfortable and snug. I wouldn't want one in Mexico, but here it makes good sense.
Old style cotton+down bags are great in the house too, but a fast drying synthetic is very comfortable outdoors, like in the cockpit. I will certainly have a nice bag or two on board.


A good sleeping bag should be very comfortable, just as a good bed should be. A cheap walmart sleeping bag is about as comfortable as a cheap wal-mart bed.
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Re: Good sleeping bag for sailing

Well, here comes the discenting opinion.

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Three days at sea on this one. Gulf in the middle of winter and turned out to be a wonderful storm (not squall) for about two days. Sleeping down below would be wonderful, but was not a reality. THe sea spray and water was constantly dripping on us. BTW, you are looking at the bow pointing into the base of an approaching wave to give you some idea.

I would ideally have two bags, a cheap ole walmart cotton bag and a Northface water resistant mummy bag. You can cool down a low temp sleeping bag by putting sheets inside it (I know, breaks logic, but it works). Unzip it from the feet up if you need to. Before sailing, I deep woods backpacked all over the country and part of Canada for most of my childhood-low twenties. I would not get a large bag for the cockpit except in dry weather because it overhangs into the floor and soaks up water. Nothing more miserable than being wet and cold. Happened to us on two separate times.

It was mentioned to get the bag to fit your temps. Totally agree. Even with my trick, you can overheat in a mummy bag that is way off.

Also, the bags slip and slide on the cockpit floor and on the cockpit. You will want a way to secure yourself to the compression post (when it get really nasty, I actually sleep in the floor by the compresoin post) down below or think about how you will stay in your seat top side. Honestly, we never found anything that worked great.

Those fleece pullovers are awesome that you see in the pic above. The hold together nice and wash up easy. But when it gets below about 40ish, they are not worth a lot, especially at sea unless down below.

We kept one set for top side and one for down below. Salt spray gets into everything and it never dries. Another reason to carry two separate bags or clothing.

Get a few wool caps. They are life savers.

Just a bunch of my opinions. Everyone can dissagree. But these are what have worked for us.

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Re: Good sleeping bag for sailing

Of what Gulf do you speak?

Winter in the Gulf Islands requires a nice bag.

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Re: Good sleeping bag for sailing

We bought Marmot synthetic bags from Campmor.com off season as described above, only about twice what you'd pay for crap at walmart and they're flawless. We don't sleep in them much, we're part of the nice sheets and blankets crowd. Nothing feels better than a good shower and clean dry sheets after a passage.
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