Long term cruisers in the hot tropics/Caribbean do not sail naked, but we do live naked. Inside the boat which is baking in the tropical sun all day the temperature and humidity get right up there and wearing any clothing
is a waste of time and temperature. However up on deck
there is usually some breeze and for sure a very intense sun just waiting to feed your melanomas. So clothing, at least shorts and t-shirts are standard.
- - Underway is another different matter. There are too many blunt and dangerous things attached all over the boat that can dent/rip/grab your skin or other parts
unless you have clothing on. Better to rip the clothing than your personal hide.
- - Getting little/large protruding body parts
caught in winches or line clutches while adjusting things could really change you social life if not the pitch
of your voice. It is just too dangerous to actively sail a boat while not wearing protective clothing of some sort.
- - However once the anchor
is down and set and the locals conditions permit
, some skinny dipping to wash off the sweat and grime from sailing is the best. I swear the Germans invented "sugar scoop" sterns so they could take a naked shower
before dinner and some of them have definitely had too much wiener schnitzel.