I always get a kick out of ads for "cruising wear". We limp into port after ten days at sea, smelly and tired and on a three-t-shirt rotation, and the welcome wagon appears with a guide to the area. The first thing I see is a full page glossy of two Barbie-like models, airbrushed to within an inch of their lives, wearing whites so bright I think I might have to put my sunglasses back on. But I can turn the page with a clear conscience - this advertisement was not meant for me. This ad was printed for people with a) taste, b) money, and c) regular access to washing facilities. In a phrase: charter boaters.
That's fine. Full-time cruising isn't an appropriate venue for fashion-platery. I am not here to win a beauty contest. (By mere virtue of the fact that I am both female and under 40, I already have a rarity value in the cruising community that even multiple fleeces and long winter underwear can't erase.)
So just how bad is the fashion situation aboard s/v Papillon?
|What the man-about-town is wearing this season.|
|I can explain.|
|And these are my clean pants.|
|Mud-and-soap cupcakes, anyone?|
And there we stand. Sure, we will look a little better when we are out of the boatyard and back in the tropics, if only because it is hard to make a bathing suit look too terrible. But that's okay. We'll save our money for new seacocks, and leave the high fashion to others.