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Advice Required on Deck Footwear

Hello

I am going sailing for a few days but have never been before and its probably not something Im likely to do very often.

Location: Southern Island Coast around Cork - Mid April

I have some good Gortex clothing but I dont have any suitable footwear since Im told that no Black soles are allowed on the deck of the boat.

Im after some advice on footwear to buy - keeping in mind that Im unlikely to go sailing very often so don't want to spend a lot of money.

There seems to be 2 types available:
1.) Neoprene boots
2.) Sailing boots

The neoprene boots (5 or 6mm) seem to be the cheaper option but would they suit for 2-3 days of messing around all day on a boat in what is likely to be chilly weather??


Any advice appreciated.

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Re: Advice Required on Deck Footwear

Any shoe with a soft, non-marking sole will do in most cases. Do you own a pair of sneakers? If chances are slim that you'll do this often, sneakers and a couple of pairs of socks should be fine.
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I'll add a vote for sneakers - maybe two pair JUST IN CASE. Extra socks - wool or fleece.
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Re: Advice Required on Deck Footwear

Southern Island Coast around Cork - Mid April
I would imagine that means rain, lots and lots of lovely rain (I am assuming you mean Ireland). I wouldn't want to be wearing trainers (or sneakers if you must insist on being Americans ).
See if you can find a pair of wellies with a tan coloured sole, they probably won't mark. Get a size bigger and wear a liner sock, plus a warm sock. Avoid cotton at all costs, modern fabric or wool is best. Warm, dry feet makes for a much more enjoyable sail.
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Re: Advice Required on Deck Footwear

There are plenty of 'black soled' shoes that are 'non marking' - just be sure it's a softer material that will give you some grip. Also watch for some of the newer shoes with rubber colored toes.. some of them mark the deck even when the soles don't.. that is one of the quickest ways to annoy a fastidious boat owner...

We've always found that 'sneakers/runners/trainers/whatever' are overall warmer than any 'sailing boots'. But if it's really wet the boots win out.
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Re: Advice Required on Deck Footwear

I've found gore-tex trainers with soft soles, and a couple of pairs of WOOL sxocks to do the trick just fine.
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Re: Advice Required on Deck Footwear

If you decide to go with athletic shoes or even deck shoes (you can always wear them to the pub afterwards), take a spare pair of socks and a couple of plastic bags (grocery bags will do as long as they don't have holes in them). If your feet get wet, put on dry socks followed by plastic bags and then put your shoes back on. Although your shoes will be wet, your socks will stay dry and your feet will stay warm. I've used this strategy for years on boats, motorcycles, hiking - anytime I didn't want to bother to carry waterproof footware.
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Re: Advice Required on Deck Footwear

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We've always found that 'sneakers/runners/trainers/whatever' are overall warmer than any 'sailing boots'. But if it's really wet the boots win out.
They are called "Tennis Shoes" here in the deep south! You forgot that one.
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