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Upon review of some of my sailing pics I have come to the conclusion that sailing is quite a headgear intensive activity.

Depending on the circumstances a different hat might be required while on or around the boat. Unlike gas-holes who generally get away with backwards ball-caps or stars and stripes 'do-rags', sailors seem to have more eclectic tastes in our hattery.

Here are some examples:

This is the hat that I wear most often while underway. I like it because it has a wide brim. It also has a strap that prevents it from getting blown off. This is the style that you see worn by many sailors. If I feel cocky I can snap up one side of the brim for that 'bush veldt carbaniers' look. I can snap up both sides of the rim and turn the hat sideways - instant Horatio Hornblower. The model I have also has a roll-down neck protector a la French Foreign legion - tres bien!

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When things get wet and wild, nothing beats the old Sou'wester. It keeps my head warm and dry and channels the water off my neck. I happen to think it's quite fashionable too.

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Once the anchor has dropped, or we're tied up at a dock, the old ball cap gets dusted off. I've lost a few overboard while underway, so now the ball cap is reserved for the more sedentary aspects of sailing.

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For those private moments, or when I'm feeling nautical, out comes the captain's hat (notice the scrambled eggs). I got this one as a kind of joke. Honestly! I never wear it. Except once (maybe when this picture was taken) I was wearing it below and forgot that I had it on. I came topside and walked along my dock. I could feel the hard glares coming from the 'real' sailors. What a poser!

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Let's see some photos of you, or your crew sporting your favourite sailing headgear.
 
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