In the French islands, sandals and a smile. But realistically, conservative, modest clothing
for when ashore or dealing with local officials. Rest of the time, bathing suits with wrap-a-rounds for hanging around the boat or beach.
- - For participation in the operation of the boat shorts and shirts/blouses/T-shirts/Sports Tops that do not have anything "hanging off them" that can get caught in winches or the boat's wires and cables
. Lean, mean and ready to work is the by-word.
- - Boat shoes - one's designed for being on a sailboat have a fine zig-zag cut pattern in the white rubber sole. Best to get these at a boat supply store. One pair for working on the boat and a separate maybe better looking pair for dockside on shore. Avoid any shoes with smooth or slippery soles that can slide on wet surfaces. The sole/bottom needs to be white to avoid black scuff marks on the decks.
- - If in Tropical/hot climates clothing
should be light and airy and not require pressing or frequent washing
. Everything should be packed in a soft cloth type bag which can be collapsed and stowed on board - no hard luggage.
- - Depending upon the size of the boat and group, a backpack for helping to carry provisions/stuff from shopping
trips ashore will make you really popular if cruising. If just learning
and riding for a short time (less than a week or so) then the backpack is not needed although it can be used as an additional piece of luggage and something to carry home souvenirs.
- - Leave shiny jewelry at home as it is an invitation to both thieves on land and barracudas in the waters.
- - Only bring personal effects such as you would in a cross country road trip. Personal hygiene stuff should not include greasy shampoos, cremes, oils, etc. as they really screw up a boats plumbing
and waste water
systems and might get you thrown off the boat.
- - Most important of all, unless you are going on a mega-yacht - is leaving behind the land based habits of "mass consumption" of water
, electricity, and trips in/out of the refrigerator
- except for beer/wine.