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12-18-2007 01:20 PM
sailingdog HS—

Well said... That's one reason i chose the boat I did... it's pretty dry compared to most monohulls and trimarans its size.
12-18-2007 12:11 PM
hellosailor SD-
When pilots cross a coastline they often radio in "feet wet" or "feet dry" meaning they are over water or land.
Well...I kind of apply the same mindset to sailing. "Butt wet" and "Butt dry" and as long as the butt is warm and dry, I'm a happy sailor.[g]
"Butt wet" and "happy" are mutually exclusive, unless I'm swimming or better yet diving. Just one of those personal life choices.[g]
12-17-2007 10:39 PM
sailingdog HS-

The "space bags" are a great idea... and they also keep the dirt and moths/bugs off the clothes too.
12-17-2007 09:43 PM
hellosailor How much clothing? How often do you want to do laundry? How does your wife feel about being seen in the same shorts five days in a row?

Most anywhere you go, there are clothing stores that the locals use (even if they aren't WalMart) and you'll find clothing much more reasonably than in the tourist strips. Besides, it gives you a real everyday souvenir of where you've been.

I'd strongly suggest some "space bags" since they can really keep spare clothing dry--and COMPACT if you decide it isn't needed.
12-17-2007 09:41 PM
NauticalFishwife Captain Force I like how you think!
12-17-2007 09:35 PM
CaptainForce Go with the minimum and suggest that your wife shops there for items she desires. That's what my wife considers a treat,- justifies her purchases,-enjoy!
12-17-2007 01:18 AM
NauticalFishwife Several years ago someone said to me "You don't dress like a live aboard" and I took that as a compliment! I always have at least one knit, black dress, which with a pair of sandals and a sarong around the shoulders makes you feel quite dressed up.Hike it up and you can climb in and out of the dink just fine. Long sleeve white shirts I think are a must to keep too much sun off. I agree with wide brim hats, lots of sunscreen (don't forget ears and tops of feet). My husband keeps a pair of kaki pants on the boat. The new stain, wrinkle resistant ones are great. Quick drying is a must. All cotton t shirts take a long time to dry so look at sportswear for quick drying alternatives. I love my Keen shoes-they can get wet, and I hiked for two weeks in Galapagos in them. You might be doing a lot of walking so it's nice to have some decent support for your feet.
12-16-2007 06:46 PM
RealityCheck Now at Nanny Cay, Tortola BVI... the most useful info I have seen is to pack the very minimum you think you will need... then unpack and toss out at least half ... probably more.

Guys a couple of shorts and shirts, 2 swim suits... under-ware and socks if your weird...
Good wide brim hat and a ball cap... good sunglasses and boat shoes... maybe some surf shoes due to the coral.

Girls... Away from harbors... most use very little... in harbors or in most towns they need more coverup than would would normally think when your outside the "resort" area.

Most frown on too much skin on women and men with no shirts.

A few places require a guy to have a shirt with collar... no t-shirts and women in summer dresses.... but these are generally the nicer places... but in town no halters and away from the boat or beach no swim suites.

But if your going to spend a lot of time away from the crowds.. stay in the shade and go nude as many do... sun screen is advisable... if your on the boat.. don't forget a bit into you nose.. and the tops of your eyes... use sports lotions so your eyes don't burn out

Well time for another sundowner... later from the Crib...

svRealityCheck Nanny Cay Tortola
12-15-2007 03:32 PM
CaptainForce Daddyhobbit,
A couple of swimsuits; a few t-shirts; sun-screen; water shoes "Crocs" or similar. I'd have a pair of shorts for outings ashore. I sewed the fly closed on a few pairs of boxer shorts, not to be socially inept for guests onboard. If you wear light weight synthetics, laundry is a quick lather, rinse & dry. I would suggest that the complete wardrobe for carribean cruising can be packed within half the space of a small backpack. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
12-15-2007 01:13 PM
Valiente You should be shopping for a shovel! It's already snowing here and is -12 C. The wind is only 10 knots, but is starting to pick up speed and is headed in your direction.
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