The Heat is On
|Heat inside the boat with sun blaring in, 126.2ºF.|
It’s 7:30 a.m. and the thermostat reads 32ºC inside the boat (that’s 90 ºF). Given the 75% humidity, that makes the apparent temperature 106ºF!
Hatches above us are open, but there’s not a wisp of breeze blowing in. Sweat trickles down my back, soaking the elastic waistband of my pajama shorts. The air inside is heavy. It feels like I’m sitting in a steamy sauna at the local gym, only... I’m not. I’m sitting at our salon table, stubbornly sipping my morning coffee, determined not to let this heat rob me of my morning indulgence.
We haven’t had any rain since the lockdowns started - nearly two months ago now. The sun rises blazing, and continues to turn up the temperature throughout the day. Moods turn irritable on board. The heat is oppressive, and we are all struggling to carry on with our regular routines.
How Do We Beat the Heat When Living Aboard?
|Staying cool during school. (No, we do not promote wine drinking in class, but the glass bottles |
get cold faster in the fridge so we reuse them for water!)
|Quick dip to cool down in the midday heat.|
|On a friend’s boat, they post this chart next to the head as a reference. Great idea!|
In order to make sure we are properly hydrated, we also monitor our pee. Yep, always check the bowl. Too dark or cloudy? Time to drink a liter or two!
|Michael cooling off while he scrubs the rudder.|
|Our Sunbrella sunshade|
Seek cover. Whether that means putting the dark shades on our salon windows, closing the shades on the portholes and hatches, or even securing our massive Sunbrella deck shade we had designed by “Johnny” back in Grenada, we avoid the sun’s blazing rays however we can. It automatically lowers the temperature on board and raises the mood of the crew.
|Sweating through my morning coffee|
Say goodbye to spice and caffeine. This is a tough one for me, but ever since pre-menopause set in, hot flashes have exacerbated my tropical heat battles. Now I’m heating up from the inside and out! However, I do notice that when I refrain from that precious morning cup of coffee, my body temperature stays more constant. So even though coffee grows well in the tropics, drinking a hot cup of joe out here can bring on an instant full-body sweat-fest. And instead of turning up the heat by adding tasty chili peppers to my meals, I stay cooler if I do without. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Heat can zap my energy, dull my motivation, and challenge my mood. The more I can do to fight the heat, the happier our crew and I will be! I think it might be time for me to switch to iced decaf coffee in the mornings! Anyone have a good recipe?