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Old 04-02-2019, 09:48   #16
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Re: Clothing suitable for liveaboards

We pretty much wear the same clothes sailing, that we do ashore .

Board shorts, nice shorts, tank tops, T shirts, polo shirt, long sleeve nautical shirts, long pants and quality aloha shirts, pull overs in the winter, along with wool sweater, and jackets. Foulies for sailing .

Also, work out pants, for laying about, or exercising.

Erica has her aloha style dresses, swim suits, cove ups, and then capris pants, shorts, leggins or jeans, and dress pants for going out. All casual wear, but good for going out to dinner as well.

Sandals for Erica, athletic shoes, and nice low shoes no high heels.
We both have our hiking boots, red dirt hiking athletic shoes, good quality athletic shoes.

For me, zero dress shirts, dress shoes, ties, sports jackets, or suits. None of that for the last 20 plus years or so.

But, that was not the med, that was southern california, and hawaii ( full time residents )....with local, caribbean, and south pacific sailing .

Only med was greece, and we just brought our normal sailing and beach style clothes, two weeks , 60 ft. sailing vessel, with roaming about ashore. Did not change anything.
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Old 04-02-2019, 09:54   #17
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I have lived onboard for many years and have found that clothes sold in discount golfing shops are not only stylish but practical as well. As far as smelling is concerned the major problem that I came across was the boat smells impregnating my suits. I eventually traced this to a wardrobe which had an area of 'hull' within. This got cold and caused condensation which led to mildew. Living on board you really fo need to have a plan for avoiding boat smells caused by mildew and the like.
There are separate threads for this on Pinterest and 'The Boat Galley'.
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Old 04-02-2019, 10:30   #18
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I buy cheap clothes. I can buy a lot of them for the amount it costs to buy one of those "nice" ones and I don't feel bad about them getting dirty and stained etc. I have "nicer" things for wearing ashore (I haven't quite been able to go feral yet) and as they get worn and stained they become boat clothes.
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Old 04-02-2019, 10:33   #19
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We live aboard in Maine for 3-4 months each year. It can be cool and very foggy there, which mildew seems to like. We look for merino wool on sale and everything else is some synthetic blend. We're always looking for sales for, as you say, some of the stuff can be pricey. We've had some luck at consignment shops. Some marinas/boatyards have occasional yard sales and we've had good luck there for lots of stuff, including clothing.

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I am focused on Eddie Bauer clothing. They always have a sale on, and I hardly own anything else. They wear well, fit well, and I would probably have a closet full even if I didn't live on a boat. Hope you find what works for you.
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+1 you will find Decathlon stuff great and inexpensive , aslo theirs is Craghoppers, which again is good quality
most of my outdoor gear and sailing , especially for the children comes from decathlon now,
Most outdoor gear give you 40 UV protection and all the clothing is synthetics getting away from cotton, also the jackets and rain gear is waterproof
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Sailing or hiking section for light shirts and practical fast drying shorts with many pockets.
Perfect for the Med or to bring to the Caribbean.

I also like shorts from Kühl (REI if in the US), but more pricey.


Sitting in St. George, Grenada in a pair of Kühl, because I ended up snorkeling in my Quechua shorts from Decathlon this morning :-D
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Well ! I am assuming you don’t wear any “ Yachty” things ! Me neither.
Nah, not me. Maybe I should get me one of those cute captain hats! What themed clothing do you think would go best with that?

Maybe go for the full on Thurston Howell theme?


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Goodwill, oxfam, value village etc...
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I have a lot of old white dress shirts for late day. Looks awesome
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Wool stuff is outstanding. You can wear it days upon days without it getting gross, super warm even when wet, isn't too bad at temperature regulation so you can wear it even in warmer weather and it's just damn comfy. All my socks are wool and a good portion of my shirts.
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wool is not good for southern US and bahamas. i like cotton because it is soft and does not itch .. especially socks and tee shirts. the fast drying stuff may dry fast but it does retain body odor.
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wool is not good for southern US and bahamas. i like cotton because it is soft and does not itch .. especially socks and tee shirts. the fast drying stuff may dry fast but it does retain body odor.
I like wool because it's soft and doesn't itch and it's great in all climates...and it doesn't retain body odour. I've worn it in 113°F/45°C and in humid climates. It's great for travelling.
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Yeah I'm in Mexico right now wearing woolen socks. You really can wear wool in far warmer places that you'd think
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I like wool because it's soft and doesn't itch and it's great in all climates...and it doesn't retain body odour. I've worn it in 113°F/45°C and in humid climates. It's great for travelling.
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wool is not good for southern US and bahamas. i like cotton because it is soft and does not itch .. especially socks and tee shirts. the fast drying stuff may dry fast but it does retain body odor.
You guys are talking about different types of wool...Merino does not itch.
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