Your 20 Must-Have Sailing Clothing before You Sail!

Ever since we were all young, regardless of being born a Filipino or another nationality, parents will always be parents. Back in my younger days, it’s either my mother or father who will scold me if I haven’t prepared my things for school, a vacation, or even on any event weeks or even a day before– I wasn’t organized when I should be. So, growing up I accustomed myself to be organized. Now, I am very organized as ever. From shoes, uniform, clothes, files – everything has to be set beforehand. This was one of the things which I had proudly learned from my parents as I wouldn’t have survived this world today.

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The second thing I learned from them is initiative. If you don’t have it, you won’t have a fallback, you won’t have a plan B. To be honest, I didn’t know what initiative truly meant while they (parents) were telling me about it – until I got to experience it myself! Working outside a country is not easy. You may have a good salary but then other expenses are also there: food, transportation, rent, grocery, and extra money to send home or for your traditional “pasalubong” (souvenirs) for your family, relatives included. And if, for an unfortunate reason, you get sick – this will be at your expense also.

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This taught me how to be initiative when it comes to budgeting my meals, to keep my extra expenses low. Buy pasalubongs which I have enlisted within my budget for souvenirs. “Save more, spend less” was my motto. But then I had bigger dreams. Traveling the world was a thought to me and I didn’t know it would become a reality.

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On a budget trip to Thailand, where I, my brother, and sister went backpacking for the first time. And here’s where I became resourceful. We slept at hostel dorms to spend less, took public transportation, and ate the local cuisine just by the streets. These weren’t your dream travel or backpacking experience but we still had money in our pockets even as we went home.

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Organization and having the initiative are one of the vital things you should bear in mind while pursuing your goals. These two simple words are also vital in your preparation as you face your daily routine. These are also the essential values to consider as we prepare to sail off through the corners of the earth with our mobile home in the next days to come –  our 40ft Finnrose 1971, S/V Empress!

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We looked into the factors we may need before we set sail across oceans and seas:

1. SAILING LESSONS. How will you sail smoothly through rough waves if you don’t even know the basics in navigating your way through the waters? It is important that you take up lessons before you start challenging larger waves. Take up a course in sailing or get basic sailing lessons, you can just Google them up and be surprised that a school may actually be near you.

2. GET A SAILBOAT OR YACHT. If you want to travel around the world with a sailboat – buy yourself one beforehand. If you think it’s too expensive, just rent but I can’t guarantee that you can take it sailing around the world for months. So, better have yours and save for who knows how long. You’ll get it if you truly want it!

3. GROCERIES: FOOD & NECESSITIES. Do your groceries that would last you about two weeks or even a month. Chances are you won’t be finding the nearest supermarket while you’re in the middle of the ocean. So, stock up your grocery cabinets with food or get your fishing rods, bait, and buckets ready coz you’ll be out fishing while you’re living in the ocean/sea.

4. SAILING GEAR. Earth is so wonderful that any country’s climate may differ from the other. The one up north could be colder while the one in the Tropical region, warmer. Nevertheless, you will need a specific set of sailing clothes for you to easily adjust to it. These outfits can be found in your nearest sail store or a trusted online portal. With technology evolving and the materials innovating, it’s best that you take it for granted while it’s still there.

In Jonathan’s and my part, we couldn’t really go out and find the nearest sail store anytime being busy with work and all whilst Jonathan’s attending to Empress, so we could set off and sail in the next month or two. I also wasn’t feeling good and I just wanted to take a short break during my stay at the Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina. I opted in ordering from online and yes we have them already. We bought the best sailing clothes from our most trusted online selling portals: Amazon and West Marine.

Why do we Trust Amazon and Westmarine?

Aside from being our partner, Amazon is already known worldwide. It started back in 1998 and is still up until this day. It is one of the world’s most trusted online retail company which sells everything you could ever be looking for: baby toys, sailing clothes, rafts, and a whole lot more. You could reach all of these with just one click. On top of that, it also has great sales for you to avail of and mobile app for you to shop all you want regardless of which part you are in the world.

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But if you are more specific and have a passion for sailing, then this is the perfect online sail store for you. Stop by at West Marine and start browsing through the best sailing gears for you to avail of. Be it shoes, scuba outfit, sailing clothing, and a whole lot more - this trustworthy online shop will bring you to a sailor’s world in no time!

Why should We get Sailor Clothing?

From sailor hats, jackets, shoes, shirts, and shorts - we will suggest you the best ones out there and why you should pick them out. But before we give you the lists on which gears we’re going to suggest that you should buy, we will give you a reason why you must have them!

1. Sailor hats - Aside from making you look stylish they also protect you during a hot sunny day in summer or during the cold winter season. This will also keep your hair in place if you don’t have an on-hand tie for your hair. Sailor hats will give you a complete experience of being the “captain of your own ship.” So, take command and set sail through oceans with your dashing sailor hat, Aye! Captain.

2. Sailor Jackets - Keep yourself warm, dry, and waterproof while on your sailboat. Navigate through tough waves while weathering the weather during a stormy or windy day. A sailing jacket is versatile enough to keep you comfortable in any weather especially when you’re having a hard time dealing with strong waves. Maintain a smooth sail while traversing the waters with your yacht, in your sailing jacket.

3. Sailor Shoes - There are a number of reasons why we should wear sailor shoes. It having a cool design is a plus. However, shoes are mainly needed to protect the soles of your feet from too much cold and heat, especially when you sail. The soles of a boat shoe are non-marking and made out of leather to keep you from sliding off your sailboat or yacht. No matter what the season will be, sailor shoes are sure to weather it off.

4. Sailor Shirts - These are shirts with horizontal line stripes in either blue or white. Aside from it being cool for the eyes during a warm day, the blue stripes serve as a neon color that would capture one’s eyes if you go off-board.

5. Sailor Pants - Sailor pants are usually loose or have bell-bottomed trouser form. The reasons for this is for flexibility when rolling up the pants to avoid it from getting wet. Research says that because of the pants’ design it may also be used as floaties in cases of emergency.

The challenge for every sail is how to overcome the tough waves including the weather. And for that, you must prepare for it: ship, supply, and physical. Make sure you have durable equipment and machinery that would endure extreme weather conditions, especially when you want to travel the world; Make sure your supplies last “until the winter” or last for who knows how long you can get more supplies; Lastly, yourself. If you are not yet accustomed to any weather changes then you may be needing sailing gears to outsmart the climate.

Now, you have a fancy yacht, the supplies, and the undeniably magnificent interior you’ve always wanted. Now to bring some class into this luxurious dream - wear the best clothes for you that will help you get through the weather and keep up in style. Combining purpose with fashion while enabling yourself to keep up in style while defending your body against the weather’s wrath.  

Sailor Clothing you might want to try!

Protect yourself from the dynamic weather conditions with a list of sailor clothing that would prepare you for a sail!

1. Jacobson Hat Sailor Ship Yacht Boat Captain Hat

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Price: $10.17 & FREE Shipping

Gift-wrap is also available, grab yours on Amazon!

  • This cotton made luxurious admiral hat will let you feel like a real captain. Steer your yacht to the direction you want it to go and travel on your luxurious trip around the world. Packed with a snap back adjustment, this sailor hat fits adults and some children.

Pros:

  • Snapback adjustment
  • Flexible sailor hat that fits adults and some children.
  • Cotton made

Cons:

  • Perfect for sailing and for costume parties.

Check out on Amazon for its latest reviews!

2. Sailor Ship Yacht Boat Captain Hat White and Blue 2 Pack

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Price: $14.95 & FREE Shipping

Purchase of 2 items is 10% off, grabs yours now on Amazon!

  • Why buy one when you can buy two hats at one made out of 80% Cotton and 20% Rayon both in blue and white colors. These deluxe hats have a snap-on closure that is unisex and fits both children and adults. Grab the wheel captain and anchors away!

Pros:

  • Made from 80% cotton
  • Deluxe hat usually worn during parties
  • Unisex and fits both children and adults

Cons:

  • Only two available colors as of the moment

Check out on Amazon for its latest reviews!

3. Gill Pro Cap

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Price: $22.95 + $9.99 shipping

Grab yours now on Amazon!

  • If you want a good sailing hat that would appeal you with its style and purpose, then this cap is perfect for you. With 50+UV protection and a quick-drying fabric, the cap will weather the hot weather for you. Equipped with a wicking headband to provide you comfort amidst the summer season

Pros:

  • Sports cap
  • 50+ UV protection
  • quick-drying fabric

Cons:

  • Can only be used during a sunny or windy day.

Check out on Amazon for its latest reviews!

4. Hat Leash Hat Clip

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Price: $18.95 Sale: $14.95

Don’t lose your cap, grab yours now on Amazon!

  • Sail away without losing your hat with this stainless steel clip that attaches to the collar of your jacket/shirt. Keep your cap from going off-board when you ride the waves or during a windy day while sailing.

Pros:

  • Clips your favorite sail cap into place.
  • Stainless steel clip.

Cons:

  • Only great when you are using a cap.

Check out on Amazon for its latest reviews!

5. Motivex Brand New SAILING GLOVES Deckhand Gripy Glove

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Price: $14.99

Grab yours now on Amazon!

  • This 4-way cloth will give you maximum protection whether on a hot summer day or a rainy one Get yourself some gloves if you don’t want to let the rope slip off your hands.

Pros:

  • Amara Sailing gloves.
  • Protects your hand from scratching
  • Prevents the rope from slipping off your hands.

Cons:

  • will not fully cover your fingers, not enough for the winter.

Check out on Amazon for its latest reviews!

6. Aleader Women's quick-drying Aqua Water Shoes

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Price: $21.99 – $29.99

A lower price available on selected options

Grab yours now on Amazon!          

  • This lightweight shoes will let your feet breathe air during a rough sail with these quick-drying sail shoes. Another factor why you should have one of these is that it has a ComfortDry sock liner which provides ultimate cushioning performance for a healthier and odor free feet condition.

Pros:

  • Quick-drying sail shoes
  • ComfortDry sock liner for cushioning
  • With holes for proper drainage

Cons:

  • Not for winter

Check out on Amazon for its latest reviews!

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Price: $50.00 Sale: $15.99 - $19.98

Grab yours now on Amazon!

  • Perfect for those who live an active lifestyle like weight lifting, water sports, sailing, or even surfing where your feet will get wet or sweat a lot. With quick—drying features these sail shoes will provide you comfort. Made from 92% polyester, this will provide safety to and comfort to the user. It is also lightweight and it comes with a transparent zipper bag.

Pros:

  • Made from 92% Polyester
  • Comfortable
  • Perfect for most of your favorite sports
  • Quick-drying features
  • Comes with a transparent zipper bag
  • lightweight

Cons:

  • Will not keep you warm during winter

Check out on Amazon for its latest reviews!

8. Lxso Men Women Water Shoes Multifunctional Quick-Dry Aqua Shoes Lightweight Swim Shoes with Drainage Hole

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Price: $49.99  Sale: $19.99 - $23.99

Grab yours now on Amazon!

  • Walk with convenience in these durable rubber soles with lightweight features. There are also drainage holes to ensure proper water flow to and from your shoes for a breathable shoe environment. On a more positive note, this will keep your foot odor-free!

Pros:

  • Quick-drying features
  • Lightweight
  • Durable rubber soles
  • Drainage holes to ensure breathable shoe environment.
  • Perfect for various water sports - even yoga!

Cons:

  • Will not fit the winter season.

Check out on Amazon for its latest reviews!

9. Timberland Men's Classic Two-Eye Boat Shoe

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Price: $65.75 - $262.00

Grab yours now on Amazon!

  • This sporty boat shoe has a synthetic sole and is made out of leather. Perfect for any man who is a captain of their sailboat!

Pros:

  • Synthetic sole
  • Made out of leather
  • Classy
  • Made by one of the most recognized makers of boat shoes, worldwide

Cons:

  • Not waterproof/does not have quick-drying features.

Check out on Amazon for its latest reviews!

10. Nautica Women's Sail Tie Fashion Sneaker

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Price: $24.25 - $49.95

Get yours now on Amazon!

  • Imported and manually made women’s sneakers by man. With a sail tie fashion, fabric lining material, rubber material, a TPR sole and a smooth Polyurethane upper. This sneaker is made up in a way that will still retain your fashion sense even off-shore!

Pros:

  • Manmade
  • No more shoelaces
  • Imported
  • Smooth Polyurethane upper
  • Fabric lining material
  • TPR Sole

Cons:

  • No quick-drying features

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11. Polo Ralph Lauren Men's Faxon Low Sneaker

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Price: $41.86 - $89.30

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  • These imported boat shoes will give you comfort and a classy edge during your sail. It’s a lace-up sneaker with metal eyelets and an embroidered logo at the quarter panel. Made out of cotton and will surely make your travel with the class during your sail!

Pros:

  • Made by one of the most recognized shoemakers, worldwide
  • Imported boat shoes
  • Classy
  • Metal eyelets
  • Embroidered logo
  • Made out of cotton

Cons:

  • Not ideal for the winter season.

Check out on Amazon for its latest reviews!

12. Sanuk Women's Sailaway 2 Vacay Boat Shoe

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Price: $29.55 - $70.00

Grab yours now on Amazon!

  • This printed, slip-on boat shoe for women, imported, with a rubber sole will give comfort to its female user as it is 100% made from cotton. If you are looking for a soft yet stylish vacation-themed sail shoes, then this one is for you!
  • 100% Cotton
  • Imported
  • Rubber sole
  • Easy slip-on boat shoe featuring printed upper with slotted collar and frayed trims

Pros:

  • Rubber sole
  • Perfectly aligns your summer vacation
  • 100% Cotton
  • Vacation-themed prints

Cons:

  • Not for winter, but perfect for summer.

Check out on Amazon for its latest reviews!

13. Speedy ProsSail Boat Sailing Embroidered Soft Unstructured Hat Baseball Cap

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Price: $10.40

Grab yours now on Amazon!

Sail through oceans with your cool cap, embroidered with a sailboat design that would definitely add up to your sail experience. It’s an adjustable cap with buckle and is 100% cottony soft. Breathable and comfortable enough to help cover your sail during hot days.

  • High-quality professional embroidery with great detail
  • SOFT 100% COTTON UNSTRUCTURED Adjustable Hat with Buckle
  • Metal Buckle Adjustable Closure. One Size Fits Most
  • Perfect baseball hat look and easy, breathable comfortable fit perfect for hot days
  • This comfortable, quality hat will quickly become one of your favorites

Pros:

  • Soft, made from 100% Cotton
  • Adjustable metal buckle
  • Perfect baseball hot and breathable during hot days
  • Designed with a high-quality professionally embroidered sailboat design.
  • Protects your hand from getting scratched.

Cons:

  • Definitely not for the winter season or rainy days.

Check out on Amazon for its latest reviews!

14. Tee Shirt Time I am the Boat Captain Shirt

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Price: $14.99

Grab yours now on Amazon!

  • Solid colors: 100% Cotton; Heather Grey: 90% Cotton, 10% Polyester; All Other Heathers: 65% Cotton, 35% Polyester
  • Imported
  • Machine wash cold with like colors, dry low heat
  • Boat Captain Shirt - Perfect gift for your boat captain husband. Add this shirt to his collection of boat captain hat, chair, jacket, mug, costume and many other boat captain stuff he can collect.
  • Show how proud you are to be the captain of your boat by wearing this I am the Boat Captain Shirt wherever you go!
  • Lightweight, Classic fit, Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem
  • For every good husband with a passion for sailing must have this – “I am the captain of my boat and I have my wife’s permission to do so”. Made with 35% Polyester and 100% Cotton show your pride with this lightweight and classic fit, imported t-shirt!

Pros:

  • 100% Cotton, 10% Polyester
  • Imported
  • Hilarious statement with a point
  • Lightweight
  • Classic fit
  • Great to give for every sailor

Cons:

  • Machine wash with cold and similar colors only and dry in low heat.

Check out on Amazon for its latest reviews!

15. My Boat My Rules Sailing Gift Tees

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Price: $19.99

Grab yours now at Amazon!

  • This imported themed tee with the statement “My boat, my rules” will show people who’s the boss of your sailboat.  Perfectly lightweight and is a classic fit. Made from 100% cotton and 10% Polyester.

Pros:

  • 100% Cotton
  • Unique sailboat statement
  • Lightweight and a classic fit.

Cons:

  • 10% Polyester only

Check out on Amazon for its latest reviews!

16. HELLY HANSEN Men's Voss Waterproof Pants

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Price: $35.00

Grab yours now at West Marine!

  • Aside from sailing jackets, Helly Hansen brought to life rain trousers made from Helox+ materials with ultimate Helly Hansen Performance: Windproof and waterproof. Giving you the best protection from the heaviest rain storms at sea or wind. It had welded seam and a quick dry inside.

Pros:

  • The perfect waterproof trousers during rough waves or rain storms.
  • Made from Helox+ materials
  • Gives the ultimate Helly Hansen Performance: windproof and waterproof.
  • With a welded seam and quick dry inside.

Cons:

  • Not for scuba diving

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17. MUSTO Men's Coastal Channel Jacket

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Price: $151.77

Grab yours now at West Marine!

  • Repel the wind and water with this PU-coated nylon jacket! Made for great sailors and captains of their sail boats who want to be ultimately protected from elements during their sail. It has pockets and collar are fleece-lined designed to keep your hands and neck warm. This jacket will fit you perfectly allowing now gaps for the weather to seep into your skin!

Pros:

  • Wind and water repellent
  • PU-coated nylon jacket
  • Fleece-lined pockets and collars to keep both hands and neck warm.

Cons:

  • If you get in the water, you will get wet.

Check on West Marine for its latest reviews!

18. Gill Performance Sailing Shorts

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Price: $95.00

Grab yours now at West Marine!

  • Perfect for water sports advocate who wants a durable and comfortable shorts to wear. These waterproof sailing shorts will not let you feel soggy through its quick-drying Nylon Tactel fabric. On top of that, these shorts will also keep you protected from the Sun’s UV Rays through UPF-50+ protection!

Pros:

  • Perfect for your favorite water sports: kayaking, surfing, and a whole lot more
  • Made from quick-drying Nylon Tactel fabric
  • Keeps you protected from the Sun’s UV Rays through UPF-50+ protection.
  • Durable and comfortable shorts

Cons:

  • Not idealistic for scuba diving and the winter season.

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19. WEST MARINE Men's Storm Jacket

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Price: $62.77

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  • Breath conveniently with this imported, lightweight, and waterproof sailing jacket. Made out of 100% Nylon Outer Shell to repel the wind and the water. It also has a two-way storm flap with a drainage channel and a zip-off hood to keep your head from getting wet. You can also enjoy your music as you place your gadget in your internal zip pocket and slip your headphones through the headphone port.

Pros:

  • Imported, made out of 100% Nylon Outer Shell
  • Wind and water repellent, DWR (Durable Water Repellent)
  • Lightweight, breathable
  • Ideal for warm, day sailing conditions
  • Zip-off adjustable hood with mesh lining
  • Fully articulated for ease of movement and active wear
  • With an internal zip pocket and headphone port.

Cons:

  • Not for the winter

Check on West Marine for its latest reviews!

20. ZHIK Men's Deckbeater Pants

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Price: $169.00

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  • Experience the best in deck experience through this comfortable deck beaters. These breathable spandex pants have a 7-mm neoprene padding to provide convenience and ease of movement. Durability is not questionable is not a problem through its extremely tough outer layer ZhikTex on the rear.

Pros:

  • Comfortable spandex pants
  • Durable, extremely tough outer layer ZhikTex on the rear

Cons:

  • Not for the winter.

Check on West Marine for its latest reviews!

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