The art of getting dressed while at sea
26 February 2015 | Pacific Ocean
For those of you armchair sailor an future cruiser out there, I'd like to offer you a lesson on how to get dressed. I heard you say it. 'I know how to get dressed'. I thought that I did too. That is, until I tried it on a rolling boat, at sea, in the middle of the night.
When on long passages, you take turns sleeping and being on watch. 3 hours on and off watch seems to work well for us. Last night I came off of my first break at midnight, turned on a red light so that my night vision wasn't destroyed, got a pair of shorts an a tee shirt out an took a deep breath. Here is where the lesson begins. Start with the shirt. Easy, right? Just slip your arms through the holes, insert your head & pull down over your body. Ok. Start over. This time make sure your arms went in the arm holes & not through the neck hole. Got it? Tee shirt on? Good. That was easy. Now for the shorts. Putting on the shorts is a little more difficult. Not only do you have to make sure that you get one leg in each hole, you also have to make sure that you can balance while lifting one leg up to get it into one of those holes. Not so easy while on a rolling boat. You can't hold on because you need both hands for tugging and zipping. My trick? I rest my forehead on the bed and use it for balance. Just step in, pull up an voila! you are dressed and ready for watch.
A word of caution about resting your head on the bed in preparation for dressing. Make sure that you rest only your forehead & not your whole face on the bed. After all, you've only ha 3 hours of sleep and if you are anything like me, it only takes a moment to get back to sleep.
After writing this, the sun came up. I am wearing tan shorts with orange dots & a tee with blue flowers. It looked good under that dim red light. I got the tee on inside out too.
I'm not very goo at giving lessons.