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  • Writer's pictureSteven Hopkinson

Seven ways to stay cool on a sailboat

It feels like it has officially been summer here in the heart of the Bay Islands, Roatan, for some time now, even though summer technically just started a little over a week ago. Normally we have some fairly consistent winds from the east that keep the islands from feeling too hot, but when the breeze dies, and we find ourselves sweltering on windless hundred-plus feels-like days, we've found a few good ways to stay cool aboard our thirty-nine foot sailing vessel. Here are our top seven ways to stay cool when there's no wind to help beat the heat.



#1: Chilling off the swim platform in the crystal clear western Caribbean waters with one of our many noodles, floats, or aqua chairs



#2: Going for a snorkel off the back of the boat and seeing some of the amazing, diverse marine life on the MesoAmerican Barrier Reef system (2nd largest in the world), which surrounds Roatan, Utila, Guanaja, and Cayos Cochinos.



#3: Taking a shaded freshwater rinse with our new, dual-action freshwater transom shower unit



#4: Having an ice-cold beverage of choice like a Salva Vida, or a delicious Yummie Rummy, a classic Cuba Libre, or a fresca, juice, lemonade, or a nice freezing cold bottle of water



#5: Taking a nap with an ice-chest-water-cooled towel wrapped around your face in a shaded cabin down below with all the hatches open and the fans all blasting on high



#6: Going for a nice, long sail, and finding the shade up front on our custom Sunbrella deck cushions



#7: Snuggling up with Fozzie Bear or Mischa



When all else fails, though, we do what we must and plug into dock at the marina, and we crank up the old AC, and get the sweet air flowing. Thankfully we're through the doldrums, and have the breeze back for now, and the surface water temperature has dropped down quite a bit, so jumping in the water feels invigorating again. Thinking of taking a trip in the third, or fourth quarters of the year, give us a buzz and we'll put together a trip designed to fit your needs.

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