Clothing - do you really need any?
Well there are many nationalities we have come across where the answer seems to be No or at least not much at all. I envy their sleek tanned bodies slipping in and out of the water without a care in the world (and nowhere to put a care even if they had one)
Sailing in warmer climates certainly reduces your overall wardrobe requirements.
Our clothing is grouped into 4 categories
- Wet or cold weather - in the U.K. This was mainly Oilies, thermals, hat, gloves, boots. I never wear any of that in the Med. I have a lightweight waterproof just in case I have to be out for some time but generally I use clothes I don't mind getting wet. Rain rarely lasts for long and is generally warm anyway. When it stops I change and dry them in the sun
- Boat clothes. - rougher clothes that I don't mind getting wet or dirty. Excellent for doing that essential bit of maintenance. I tend to wear boat clothes on passage.
- Going Ashore clothes - the better end of my shorts and polo tops for shopping or sightseeing and maybe visiting friends aboard other yachts. I always change into boat clothes when I get back on board.
- Event clothes, like dinner ashore - my smart long trousers and nice shirt or two. Sue has a number of summer dresses etc.
When buying clothes ALWAYS go for easy wash, colour tight, no iron. Good quality clothes are nice but after a few washes in public facilities you may not recognise them even if you actually get them all back safely.
We now have a small auto washing machine and a tumble drier on board because, when we first started, finding marinas with laundry facilities was rare and I was fed up walking miles trying to find a public laundry. It often seemed cheaper just to buy new. Now it's much better around the Med but there are still large gaps between such facilities.