Cruising warm tropic waters — sailing naked –wearing nothing but a smile — it all seems quite normal to me.
But why cruise naked? I think it is more than just being practical; it is also a fun thing to do, it gives us a sense of freedom and appeals to our sense of ridiculousness—it’s very hard to take oneself or anyone else seriously when you’re starkers. It’s not sexy; we’re senior citizens ourselves and most boaties don’t belong to the beautiful set, more like the society for rounded and weather-beaten sailors.
In my attempt to further explain why we love to cruise bare I did some serious research which revealed that about 70% off all the cruising sailors around the world at some point cruise in the raw. I think here in the warm tropics that figure would be closer to …well…nearly everybody.
Here are some of the naked advantages that my research revealed:
It feels nice.
It saves on washing and polluting the ocean with detergents.
Applying sun cream to your partner can be fun.
It gets rid of that unsightly two tone look.
It overcomes the confusion of deciding what to wear
Here are some of the naked disadvantages:
Cooking naked can be hazardous to important body parts..especially frying.
Operating electrics tools in the raw just doesn’t feel right.
A double hook up when fishing could be ugly.
No pockets, I really miss not having pockets.
Does cruising naked improve your sex life?
My research suggests that naturalist couples are more comfortable with each other and that leading a healthy outdoor life is beneficial to one’s love life. That’s why Viagra pills are coloured sea blue, so they tell me.
Is prolonged sun exposure damaging to your skin?
Of that, there is absolutely no doubt. Queensland has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world, plus overtime dedicated sun soakers develop a rather leathery wrinkled-crinkled unlovely skin. That’s a lot of important adjectives. I once spent a month without wearing a single stitch, just a wetsuit when I dived…that was real dumb…that’s why my skin needs ironing. The message to me from my skin specialists was very clear. “Don’t spend more than a few minutes in direct sunlight during the heat of the day. Wear a hat, loose shirt, suncream and so on.” That guy was definitely a killjoy, but as he was digging a little skin cancer out of my thigh at the time, I really couldn’t argue.
Is taking pictures of each other naked a bent and twisted voyeuristic pursuit?
Probably…but who cares? As photographers we love shooting and showing pics of just about everything, so catching each other in all sorts of exposed situations is normal. However, photographing the beauty of the human form with just skylight and in a natural setting is far more interesting and challenging; that’s a different story which I will enjoy telling and showing to those interested at a later date.
( p.s. Naturally all my portraiture is artistic and in good taste…a bit like Goya, Picasso, Michelangelo or the Aussie master Norman Lindsay…well maybe not quite to those standards but I have fun trying.)