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Old 27-10-2010, 00:39   #1
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Wearing Shoes

Now i know that in tropical and sub tropical climes a lot of yachties do not wear shoes when on the boat.
However i have noticed a high percentage of liveaboard cruisers also do not wear shoes when going ashore (unless yacht club rules etc demand it)

The reason I bring this up is that my ex wife worked in a Psychiatric hospital and I would visit her some times and notice that all or nearly all the patients did not wear shoes, only the staff.

I wonder what this said about us shoeless cruisers.
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Where do you think the staff get there shoes.
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Old 27-10-2010, 02:39   #4
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shoes?? whatzat??
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Old 27-10-2010, 03:06   #5
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I am forming a view based on threads over the last few days that cruising members of this forum walk around without shoes, live off a budget of 500 a month and use watermakers to distill home brewed liquor.

Worst of all, some don't even own a blue blazer for visits to the local yacht club

Civilisation is crumbling, time for the British Empire to take control again I think and no the Americans can't have another Boston Tea Party

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Old 27-10-2010, 03:48   #6
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I am forming a view based on threads over the last few days that cruising members of this forum walk around without shoes, live off a budget of 500 a month and use watermakers to distill home brewed liquor.

Worst of all, some don't even own a blue blazer for visits to the local yacht club

Civilisation is crumbling, time for the British Empire to take control again I think and no the Americans can't have another Boston Tea Party

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I think today it would be the "Boston high energy with guarana drink party"!!!!!!
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Old 27-10-2010, 03:50   #7
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Worst of all, some don't even own a blue blazer for visits to the local yacht club

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I do have one, and club tie.
Dressing up is great fun and shouldn't be dismissed. Clothes are a costume and we do act according to the clothes we wear.
Its also great fun in the first few years to go the other way, go feral, sail nude, wear a hat and a smile... went to dinner in a restaurant and this fellow cruiser came in to dinner with bare feet - he had only been away for 6 months and was relishing his freedom from the corporate world. so much so he had to show us he had no shoes on!

But then after a year or 2 we miss the person who was hard working, diligent and creative to afford the boat and the 500GB pounds (I note you didnt say dollars, Pete) per month and ask: "where has that person gone? Why am I now a smelly brute with shaggy hair and holes in my undies?"

All of a sudden you ask the Missus out to dinner and you get out your slacks (neatly pressed under the cabin mattress) and scrape the mold off the club jacket.... while the girls are rummaging about for the rouge, foundation and Eau de Grrrrrrr.

After negotiating the dinghy dock in the new found High Heals the poor girl has to learn to walk again - but fortunately that means they have to hang onto your arm like grim death

And the dinner when all dressed up? Tasted better! The wine was nicer! The men didn't swear! And the walk back home was romantically along the beach like we did when we first met...........


Ahhh yes, you can be a poor cruiser but still have class!



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whoever said 500 pounds?? i meant DOLLARS!!!!!! per month!!!!!! LOL...i have dressy clothes-- havent used them in over 5 yrs, now-but my budget is the double-knotted broken shoestring budget--we dont go out except to buy cheap foods somewhere no one else knows about.......
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not on my feets. have a goood reason for that also. is medical.
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G'day, mate. I always try to wear a shoes (and a pair of gloves) when working with the windlass for safety reasons. Cheers.
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...my ex wife worked in a Psychiatric hospital and I would visit her some times and notice that all or nearly all the patients did not wear shoes, only the staff.
Absent shoes, they can't get move as quickly should they try to make a break for it, nor are their feet quite so dangerous in a confrontation.

Going shoeless aboard ship, particularly while underway, is asking for problems. There are just too many hard pointy things at ankle level or below lying in wait and ready and able to do serious damage to one's feet. (I offer this having rendered first aid to mangled toes/feet on more than one crew-person who dearly regretted disregarding the admonition).

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G'day, mate. I always try to wear a shoes (and a pair of gloves) when working with the windlass for safety reasons. Cheers.
how about pants?????

sorry couldn't help myself
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Old 27-10-2010, 18:24   #14
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I would not like to be a member of any club that would accept me as a member.

I like to wear shoes, and the tie - but I do not like others to tell me when to wear them ;-))))

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G'day, Don. Yes to the pants, keeping ALL the appendages is a priority! Cheers
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