There are nine pairs of socks, underwear, and 'foulies', which is what we call our oilskins, a pair of wellies with leather lining, and lifeboatmen's gloves. The foulies are the latest thing in wet-weather gear and are designed to be worn over a middle layer of salopettes and jacket.
Next to the skin are silk long johns and polo shirts - silk stays warm when it is wet. Over the top of everything is a life-jacket which inflates automatically when it goes into the water, a radio beacon to locate me if I fall overboard, and a pair of goggles.
Everything except the wet gear has to be kept in two boxes the size of beer crates, each item in a sealable plastic bag in the vain hope of avoiding dampness. Keeping it neat is important in conserving space.
Washing clothes is a problem. I'm resigned to getting a bit smelly, but
everyone else will be the same so I hope we won't notice.
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