Blondes and Sailboats?
So, we had our leaks fixed. Our next problem revolved around my being a fair skinned blonde. With that said, you can imagine how fast I burn. I have also suffered from heat exhaustion in the past and that affects my comfort level.
We went out sailing one afternoon in July. The temperature was in the low to mid 80’s , but the sun was strong. By the time we were ready to pack up and go home, I was burnt. I do not mean red. I mean sick to my stomach, dizzy, and giving off more heat than a furnace. Yes, I had used sunscreen.
Dave had to figure out how to take down the mast alone. I simply could not help at all. All I could do was sit in air conditioned truck. We stopped at a convenience store and purchased ice and aspirin. I had to put the ice in plastic bags and lay it across my thighs. Dave had to figure out how to take down the mast alone.
If Burnt Try This!
Years ago, a nurse friend taught me to take 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar and keep wetting the sunburn with a washcloth until it cools. If a large part of my body is burnt, I fill the tub with cool water and vinegar and soak. It really does minimize the burn and keep you from peeling. I also take two aspirin as soon as I realize I am burning. The purpose for the aspirin is that it thins the blood and cools the body temperature. It really does help. I now keep vinegar and aspirin on the boat.
Yes, Let’s Get A Bimini
We realized that if we were going to spend sunny days on the boat, I would need some protection from the sun. Researching biminis was not as easy as I thought it would be. Most places that make them for boats, make them for power boats. These are too high to work with the boom of a sailboat. The boom is very low on a Macgregor so it is tricky to find one that will work. I eventually found SoftTopper. They make the perfect bimini for a Macgregor. They shipped it fast and it was so easy to install. You will not believe the difference it made in our comfort level.
Cockpit Seating Hurts My Butt
Next, came the cockpit seats. I originally made seat cushions from foam and outdoor material. They looked nice but they got wet and stayed wet. One of the issues with a sailboat is dew. We had to take the seats inside the cabin every night or they would be soaked in the morning. You can only imagine how much space in the small cabin those cushions took up.
We attended the Chicago Strictly Sailing Show and found a booth called C-Cushions. They sold cushions made from closed cell foam. They also make cushions for medical equipment. The cushions are made with a unique vinyl coating process that makes them durable and comfortable. You can even use them as a float. People have commented that they are comfortable enough to sleep on.
Now, we just take an old towel and wipe the dew and dead bugs off every morning. When the grandkids enter the cockpit after swimming, no problem. Even Dave’s dripping fishing pole goo doesn’t bother me. You just have to wipe the mess off. This was one of the best investments we made in our boat.
To order from C-cushions you just have to trace your seats. They make them to fit any boat. They recommend you use the brown shipping paper you can buy at Wal-mart and a marker. Once you trace the seats you send that pattern to them. They make your seats in about 2 weeks. You can also see that we purchased the L cushions for the back of the seats. The L-cushions come with snaps to attach them to your boat.