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As a guy of a certain age where weight loss is accomplished when the dermatologist cuts off a few pounds and says stay out of the sun, I need something more than my ball cap and less than a sombrero for comfort and any hope of living a couple extra years.
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I lean to a panama (can roll it up and stash it) or a lightweight 2.5 or 3 inch brim fedora. Porkpies have been taken over be fashionable hipsters, damn them.
I already have reading glasses on a string surgically implanted to my neck. I have tried a clip from that string to my hat without injury or loss of hat, but a hat with it's own string would be too much.
Bogie had some great hats, and a sweat stained band is not a deal breaker ( but I am single), but I seem to recall he had some kind of yacht captain chapeau in "The African Queen" and that will not fly.
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When you come up with the right combination, let me know. In my mid sixties, I still wear caps with visors. The bad news, they get blown off the boat: the good news is, it's an excuse to practice a man overboard drill. :>)

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Tilley and Columbia are two brands that come to mind. You don't have to have the chin strap under your mug...just tuck it into the crown.
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When you come up with the right combination, let me know. In my mid sixties, I still wear caps with visors. The bad news, they get blown off the boat: the good news is, it's an excuse to practice a man overboard drill. :>)

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I practiced the same drill for hats and a cockpit cushion .. Great practice.
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I have a good old fashioned Tilley original....cotton duck....that has been all over the world with me. It gets the washing machine every so often, air dry with a stretch over my knee. They're a little expensive and not the best looking hats, but tough as nails and shade my whole head. I love my trusty old T2.
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Of all the techniques we've tried, I find that a quick jibe is the best way to end up where the hat is floating.

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I' ve used a bunch of caps for man overboard drills, even got one back once. The fear of more strings around my neck is the added windage just pulls me over the rail and if I do use a jackline i could hang betwixt the devil and the deep blue for days.
Disposable biodegradable snap brims may be the answer.
Looking again at Tilley.
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Am I the only one who thinks it creepy that for the moment all the ads to the left are about fedoras? Hats off to the bastard that figured out how to make potential customers very very uncomfortable. Sheeesh.
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Hey, MGMHEAD, I see you have a Sabre 34. Was invited to help someone deliver their Sabre 40 to Newport RI in June from Annapolis. Looking forward to it. (Have taken my boat to Boston and back a number of times.)

Always wanted to take an extended trip on Sabre (being from Maine).
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