Get two sets of foul weather gear -
one heavy weight (breathable) for
cold weather and real wet sailing, one light weight for tropical squalls
(when ANYTHING feels hot)
Invest in good,
breathable, fast drying, Polyester clothing and underwear. I use a long
sleeve white polyester shirt to snorkel in.
brim hat plus a good vented hat with sun protection for that
Good shoes -
Keens are a fantastic all around sandal that I use
hiking, in the water, and on the boat. I paid full price when they first
came out and felt they were worth every cent (and I'm cheap, or I should say
Frugal). Now they have started coming down in price (buy the Nylon ones).
KT loves her
Teva thongs - they last longer and
are more comfortable than the cheapie brands. For hiking she
either wears her Keens or
Carry a couple of light
Dry Sacks in backpack for unexpected rain squalls.
Use heavy weight Dry Bags for any
camping gear, etc stored long term. They are also good for abandon ship bags (keep
an air pocket so they float).
may want have more than one pair of polarized sunglasses aboard for
when you inevitably scratch or lose them)
Zipper Lubricant - Make sure you maintain your zippers and
use them every once in a while. The longer they sit the worse they get,
and for some reason the cheap zippers last forever and the zippers on the
really expensive stuff go in relatively short order. We use two types of
designed for wetsuits that we put on
anything the typically gets salt water on it, and
another to prevent corrosion and keep things
loose. Try not to store your zippers at either end (keep them positioned
in the center). You might need the
room to work the zipper loose after a good soaking of Boeshield.
Wetsuit - Yes the water is warm but you'll end
up spending some serious time in it snorkeling, diving and just
playing around. Even in the hottest water we still get a chill
after swimming around for a couple of hours. A wetsuit also
provides extra protection against the sun and jelly fish. Nothing
ruins a good day in the water like a bad sunburn or jelly fish
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