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Synthetic only 7 20.59%
Cotton/Natural only 9 26.47%
A mix of both 14 41.18%
Really don't care/ whatever Wife/Hubbie/Mom tells me 5 14.71%
Nudie Rudie (at sea!) 3 8.82%
Sailing Logo clothes 3 8.82%
Non-Logo sailing clothes 8 23.53%
I do not dress like a cruiser/sailor 5 14.71%
Blazer & Captains Cap 3 8.82%
Blazer only (Special occasions) 1 2.94%
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Re: Poll: What do you wear Cruising & Going Ashore?

Iíve gone through 2 cotton tee shirts today that became so wet with sweat that they were unless

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Re: Poll: What do you wear Cruising & Going Ashore?

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Dry skin both stays cooler and warmer. Wicking fabrics take it away from your body to the outside surface of the fabric. There it evaporates and cools the fabric which in turn cools you. Itís the micro environment a millimeter on top of your skin that matters.. To my knowledge only silk is the natural fabric thatís real competition. Unfortunately itís even more expensive than the high tech fabrics. Do use a layer of silk under thermal underwear but itís not appropriate for the boat.
Silk is great for cold weather activities. It's super comfy and wicks water away from the skin almost as well as synthetics.

But it's even more expensive than the high-tech stuff, and at least for me it wears out a lot quicker. So I've been sticking with Patagonia Capilene (polyester) for a winter baselayer.

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Re: Poll: What do you wear Cruising & Going Ashore?

ďSyntheticĒ doesnít mean today what it meant back in the golden age of polyester.

Under Armour changed the game about 20 years ago and things have been evolving steadily since then.

All of my polo style shirts are wicking fabrics now because they are much more comfortable than heavy wet cotton on hot muggy days that we have lots of here in south Florida. They are also inexpensive at Marshalls, T. J. Maxx, Steinmart, etc.

When I was up north West Marine would have a pretty decent apparel discount on July 4.

My T-shirts are still cotton because they mostly have come free from marine events, boat shows, fishing tournaments, etc. and that is what they offered.

At night, khakis and a cotton long sleeve button down oxford shirt.

I never wear sneakers anywhere near water. I learned that on a Bermuda trip many years ago when I got them wet, hung them on the lifeline and could not get the stink out of them. The decision was made for me and they went overboard.

I wear socks as seldom as possible.

Of course the most important thing is to wear material that is highly resistant to Grey Poupon for obvious reasons.
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Re: Poll: What do you wear Cruising & Going Ashore?

In tropics don’t wear shoes just sandals. No fungal troubles. We have land and boat sandals. New Keens that become land sandals when their soles get worn.
Similarly loose synthetic boxers prevent troubles there. Like Magellan version. Tightie whities are asking for trouble.
Bras are an issue. Wife says sport bras are hot (not sexy hot just hot). When no one is around she may forgo. Still she finds having enough multiples that you can change into a new clean one daily solves the salt chafing and other issues.
Biggest thing for us is the water maker. Rinse off seawater immediately after swimming/snorkeling and shower to cool off and get the dried salty sweat off as needed.
Personally find sunscreen a total waste of time. UV protecting clothes work much better and don’t stain the boats fabrics nor sweat off. Always wear a hat that protects the tops of my ears except when it would impede the chore I’m doing. Neither of us have ever gotten sunburned. Both of us are tanned everywhere in-spite of our efforts to limit sun exposure. Even swim/snorkel in a long sleeved shirt. Live is good in the tropics but just like you wouldn’t go out in to a blizzard in a T and shorts you need to dress or undress for the situation. Some days I don’t get past putting on my boxers or swim trunks. Bare foot is the norm on the boat. Issue is to get sufficient base you never burn or even get a little pink.
Please pass the gray poupon.

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Re: Poll: What do you wear Cruising & Going Ashore?

Good post...real life.

Ive not had a prob with salt...so far.
I rarely sweat on the boat, but can be like a stuck pick on land or with no breeze...talking bucket volumes
I dont have any 'shoes'. Keen cnx...3 pair in case they stop making them...
Have 5 or 6 jeans but havent worn any in 2 years.
Only type of pullovers i have are Ts...never like to feel trapped.

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Re: Poll: What do you wear Cruising & Going Ashore?

I'm currently stuck in Newport, RI awaiting my engine repairs.

I went to a bar last night that is a bit off the main tourist strip just up from the North Sails headquarters and which is home to local sailors. I had to chuckle and then laugh out loud when I noticed I was almost the only one in there who wasn't wearing offshore foulies from HH or Musto! I even asked if I was allowed to order a beer without appropriate attire The weather was in the 50s Fahrenheit without wind, which did make me wonder about the offshore attire, considering that inshore clothing would have been sufficient...

I should add that I'm now a member of the prestigious IYAC Yachting club despite my lack of fashion sense. My Caribbean offshore rain jacket cost 5 Euros at Aldi and I don't think that would be appreciated, but my HPX offshore gear would make me seem overdressed. Perhaps I could compromise and get a blazer and a Helmut Schmidt cap (https://sartorialnotes.com/wp-conten...l-of-Style.jpg)
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Re: Poll: What do you wear Cruising & Going Ashore?

Thatís the point

What ever floats your boat

Like to hear others experience and choices. Thatís how you learn. When you stop learning they better be throwing dirt in your face.....or they soon will be. Donít like listening to dogma. Everyone makes their own choices and should be respected until they make it obvious they donít deserve it.

I was wrong. Thought most had gotten on the hi tech bandwagon. Poll shows thatís not the case. Just a fifth have done so.

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....... Thought most had gotten on the hi tech bandwagon. Poll shows thatís not the case. Just a fifth have done so.
If you add the 40+% that use both, the vast majority are onto synthetics. Itís the 25% that are exclusively cotton that is surprising. As you say, to each their own.

Cotton is only stupid if you use all rope road and a danforth anchor, or travel to foreign countries with a gun. 🙂
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Re: Poll: What do you wear Cruising & Going Ashore?

May reflect the type of sailing you do. If you live in a temperate zone and can go home to a full size washer & dryer cotton may make great sense. Cheaper and feels good on your skin. Have learned synthetics take up less space in storage. Both folded and when bagged. Vacuum bag our cold weather clothes . The fleeces and synthetic down stuff becomes a small dense blob.
Still think what they told me in the Boy Scouts is right.
ďKiller Cotton ď.

Used to ride.
Have dozens of cotton t shirts.
One HD one from each state weíve been in and those from charity rides. Wearing cotton doesnít make you a bad person. Itís fine stuff. Just think thereís better stuff for sailing.

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