Date: 28 August 2017. What to Wear.
before I bought Seaweed I spent what now seems like an inordinate
amount of time worrying about what I would wear. Surprise, surprise:
I wear mostly what I wore ashore. Here are the details about what is
the same and what differs for me since living aboard my boat.
As you can see, I wear long sleeved white shirts. Often the cuffs
are rolled up. They are usually
$2 or $3 at a thrift store. A stack of a half dozen keeps me tidy.
The shirts are an easy solution for me. There is no decision to be
made. I wear the top shirt and that's that. Easy.
shirts get stained I chop them up into rags. It's nice to have a
stack of disposable work cloths. Those blue paper shop towels are
expensive. Shirts are free. I do try to get my money's worth out of
want not. Being frugal means I can afford to splurge on other
things that please me such as iced coffee from McDonald's. I love
Of course I save the buttons off my shirts. That is a
I do use the buttons on occasion. Mostly I keep them "just in case"
because Mother and both my grandmothers had button boxes. A while back I showed you my fish. Each uses either two or
four buttons. I wrote about the felt fishes in the
Red Fish, Green Fish (visual clues)
Online friend Pam made a pair of
The less complication in my life the happier I am. Not having to
chose what to wear is a part of that. A white shirt is my uniform of
sorts. Paired with a skirt and I'm all set for almost any activity
differences in my attire now versus when I lived ashore. I never buy anything that takes a long
time to dry. I want everything to line dry inside quickly. Heavy
fabrics take too long to dry.
Because of my upbringing aboard our 40'er, I do not hang laundry
to dry. I remember Mother saying lots of not so nice words when sailors would run
their skivvies up the halyards to dry in the breeze. It did look tacky. I realize that washing clothes is a part of life at
anchor however I keep my clothes inside while drying.
clothes and my towel inside Seaweed also prevents fading. The sun can be
brutal to fabrics so keeping them protected and out of direct
sunlight means my items will last longer.
Seaweed is anchored off Ellison's in Steinhatchee. TJ,
is quite a successful fisherman.
When anchored in front of someone's home or business I want Seaweed to look
shipshape. This is a matter of pride. A boat that looks spiffy is more
likely to have a better reception ashore. TJ was
always nice and of course polite. His family owns Ellison's Fishery in
↓ is on
the Gulf coast of Florida.
like a laundry with clothes and unmentionables fluttering in the
wind is not the image I wish to display. Instead I hang my clothes
down below. A small fan blowing on them dries everything within a
few hours. I have three hangers for blouses. A few clothespins
allows me to easily secure my skirts to the hangers.
towel is thin and dries fast. Heavy towels can mildew if drying is
delayed. In a humid environment having items that will dry rapidly is
When I have not washed my hair I use a smaller
flamingo hand towel to dry off.
As for clothing when away from a dock, well, frankly at anchor I do
not wear much. Generally I chose
a thin silken nightie. Down here in Florida it gets hot. A light
weight nightgown keeps me covered. From a distance it looks like a
dress. I learned long ago (hi Moonlight Sue!) that a champagne
nightgown looks like an almost naked person from a distance. Oops!!!
It is easy to quickly add a wrap around skirt when stepping outside
the boat. Simply by donning a white shirt I can be fully appropriate
before someone is close to Seaweed. Folks are usually kind enough to
call on the VHF radio before stopping by.
Popping in is
not endearing. Always call on VHF Channel 16 before visiting.
The are several reasons why I opted for silky nightgowns when at
anchor. They are cool. At thrift stores I can get a real pretty one
for a couple of dollars. This appeals to my budget. The main reason
however is that the nighties dry so quickly.
Each night I wash the nightgown I wore that day during my
Specifically, this is my
Step into shower
with the nightie on
Get wet from head to
Soap up my nightgown
while it is on me
Remove nightie, drop
Finish my shower,
washing my hair, etc.
Finally after I am done with me, I rinse the soap out of my
nightgown in the sink. Then I lay the nightie inside my
towel. Twist the towel. This wringing removes most of the
water from my nightie. Next I place the nightgown on a
hanger. It will be dry within a few hours.
water supplies are limited I always use fresh water to wash my
clothes. Those who try to use salt will find removing the salt
takes far more water than simply using fresh water to wash and
rinse. Fabric with salt in it does not dry well.
My towel is hung over a dryer bar. That item is described
article. Even though it is quite wet initially the towel
will dry fully by morning.
Ashore I was
concerned with wrinkles. Though we had a drier at Kidlet's house, I was always
to find clothes that would not come out of the machine a wrinkled mess.
I have been a thrift store shopper
for decades. I can afford the reduced prices charged for used items. Also I know
that if a shirt or skirt is wrinkled on the hanger at a bargain
store, it will be that way at home too. Ironing is only for my
quilting blocks and even then... well, I would rather not!
How to test
for wrinkles: Grab a fistful of fabric and squeeze. It the cloth
remains creased, pass that one by. The item will always look
For me, wearing a full skirt means I can easily get on and off
Seaweed without showing a thing. Fabric is my friend. A skirt is
cooler than tight shorts or pants too. Plus I like them. Wrap a
skirt around and voila: dressed for success.
Edwin and I ↑ went to the American Legion to celebrate
the successful completion of an engine rebuild.
He was a miracle worker for my neighbor. And Edwin showed up when he
said he would. I know, shocking!!!
Wearing skirts means I can basically go anywhere and be
appropriately dressed. I believe my attire suggests that I respect
both myself and others. In turn I receive some of the best customer
service in the world. Folks truly are wonderful.
so blessed to be able to live this life. My dreams have come true.
To you and
yours, don't worry overmuch about attire. Whatever you wear will be
fine. Still for some clues as to what I prefer, you may find the
If the Deck Shoe Fits
article of interest.
What is your normal boat outfit when at anchor?
And, when going to shore what do you wear?
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