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May 2006

Some Thoughts on Buying Sea Boots

Your sea boots should be roomy enough to hold your feet, a pair of cotton socks, and some heavy wool socks and still be loose enough to pull off easily. There may come a day when you end up overboard and have to swim to a life ring or climb up the side of your plunging boat. If you can't get those boots off fast, their waterlogged weight could spell the difference between life and death.1 We like 16-inch-high, relatively stiff-topped sea boots because, for wet-weather sailing, we can use what we call the "fireman's fast-pants drill." We shove the foul-weather pants down over the top of the boots, step out of the boots, and leave the pants and boots together, ready for the next use. I am slightly reluctant to recommend specific brands, as products often change in quality and availability, but after four years of extreme use, I definitely feel the 16-inch Offshore boots sold by West Marine for less than US$50 are a real bargain. I especially like the small knob on the back of the heel that makes it easy to get the boots off without using your hands.

1Fishermen's sea boots usually have a hole right below the top at the back of the boot leg. They keep a string through here-not just to hang the boots in a storage locker but also for man-overboard emergency situations. If they find themselves in the water, they remove their boots, empty out the water, tie the two together, put one boot under each armpit with the line across their back so the air trapped in the foot area provides instant buoyancy.

This tip is from our new revised and expanded Third Edition of Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew. It has just arrived at Paradise Cay Publications. Click here to read the first reviews plus a table of contents.


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