I like the good old Viet Nam Boonie style hat. Have a couple in Navy
and Tan. The brim protects my ears, neck and nose but is not so large that it obstructs vision of sails
or stuff overhead, or gets knocked around by rigging
, etc. The chin strap keeps it in place under almost all conditions. For the fashion conscious, they come in a multitude of colors and patterns, if you are into camo, and they are cheap
enough that I always have a spare laying around.
Baseball caps don't do a thing for yor neck and ears. Worse, you can't see the sails
without getting a cramp in your neck. Hate that you don't see things that are overhead. Don't know how times I've banged my head on something that the brim hid. Tried the ball caps with the neck flaps but found them to be super hot to wear with no airflow over the neck.
Larger full brim hats like the Tilley, etc also suffer from the too large bill/brim syndrome. The get knocked around by rigging
, hide things overhead, and hang up on the collar of foul wx jackets. They also really like to go flying with those big wings when the wind
blows and we hope it always does. Even a chin strap won't keep them on when you turn and face downwind.