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Old 07-18-2018, 07:41 AM   #81
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My plan for beating the FL heat is quite simple. In a perfect world I would leave SW FL April 1st and arrive at the Lake Superior locks June 15th. Out of Lake Superior mid August and off the Great Lakes by Labor day. Cross the FL line on November 1st. Now all I have to do is convince my wife that's her plan.

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Old 07-18-2018, 08:04 AM   #82
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I live in southwest Florida, and work outside every day. Like others have said: wear a sombrero ( Walmart $10.00 ) type hat, long sleeved loose fitting fast dry shirts, lots of water and sun block. Eating fruits and veggies for lunch helps a lot in regard to dealing with the heat.

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How is your Bruce Roberts boat doing? Have not heard much from you!

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Old 07-18-2018, 08:11 AM   #83
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Now all I have to do is convince my wife that's her plan. Ted
"Honey, I have been thinking it over and I think your suggested summer travel plans are a good idea."

Let us all know how that works for you.
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Old 07-18-2018, 09:15 AM   #84
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Do not work in the midday sun. I work mornings and late afternoons. I rig shade and fans and move them as I work. Take plenty of breaks and drink cool water constantly. In the future, plan big jobs for winter time. I visit a Mexican market in Homestead, FL and buy a thin scarf type thing with crystals or something sewn inside. I wet this thing and tie it loosely around my neck. It works great for keeping you cool. All the field hands use them for keeping cool.
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Old 07-18-2018, 09:57 AM   #85
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My wife and I usually go thru a few change of clothes when we work on the outside of the boat during the high heat months...if we absolutely have to...which most of the time we just deal with inside projects
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Old 07-18-2018, 11:36 AM   #86
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"Only madd dogs and Englishmen go out in the new day sun."
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Old 07-18-2018, 11:53 AM   #87
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Highs for the next six days in Miami, 91 91 90 92 91 90

Highs for the next six days in Dallas, 105 107 108 107 107 106
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Old 07-18-2018, 01:15 PM   #88
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I'm working in Iraq at the moment. Its a bit cool at the moment, at around 47 C (117 F) We've seen 58 C earlier this summer. (136F) but its usually low humidity.
I prefer this to working in the Arctic. You get acclimatised to almost anywhere.
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Old 07-18-2018, 02:13 PM   #89
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.. We've seen 58 C earlier this summer. (136F) but its usually low humidity.
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The good news, IF there is good news, is that you can make an airconditioner out of a wet beach towel and a cheap fan.
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Old 07-18-2018, 02:15 PM   #90
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Highs for the next six days in Miami, 91 91 90 92 91 90

Highs for the next six days in Dallas, 105 107 108 107 107 106
I don't get it. TX population growth is a bit more than even FL.
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Old 07-18-2018, 04:16 PM   #91
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I don't get it. TX population growth is a bit more than even FL.
Texas growth is fueled on high tech and on major industry. Some major companies have moved, especially from California, companies like Toyota. Texas growth is in spite of climate, Florida's is because of climate. Texas growth is economically generated with business opportunity. Florida isn't business or industry geared but heavily tourism.

You want to talk about a booming city that people love to visit and with the most horrendous climate, just look at Las Vegas. They've been at least 103 since Saturday and every day until September 9 is expected to be over 100 with many as high as 113 and 114. However, much of their winter is still highs in the 50's and lows in the 30's.
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Old 07-18-2018, 05:24 PM   #92
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NPR has an article about a recent study that heat can affect your mental state as well as your physical one:

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-...your-brain-too
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If I get too hot working outside, I go into an air conditioned space drink a glass of room temp water and take a nap.
A nap in the AC is very refreshing.
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Old 07-19-2018, 07:09 AM   #94
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Before air-conditioning Florida south of Tampa was scarcely populated. There was a reason.
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As big a problem in the early morning & the evening are the no see-ums, particularly if you're on the hard near the water & vegetation & mangroves. Go on line "no see-ums", lots of references to 100% DEET & traps that will keep a 300 sq. ft. to 1/2 acre area clear. Sprays also available for vegetation & hard surfaces. Just got back from a week on the boat at Cape Haze - they were vicious never mind the heat/humidity.
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Noseeums are a coastal problem all the way to Jersey....usually associated with heat as they disappear soon as the breeze pops up.
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Lots of good advice here. I live on the Sea of Cortez in Sonora, Mexico (where the capitol Hermosillo often exceeds 120 degree F) but it is a dry heat. The humidity combined with the heat is the killer. South Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama coastlines and deep Florida are "oppressive" heat & humidity combinations.

I worked outdoors and had a 42 Grand Banks woodie for 15 years while living in Alabama and Key West. I can share one of my best tips and a small piece of advice.

Get a Camelbak or similar device and fill it with ice, as much as it can hold, then water. Wear it to keep your core cooler and stay hydrated. Refill with ice often.

Second tip is start your day as early as possible and get done by lunch. With Summer we have long days, take advantage and be at it a half hour before official sunrise. I always was able to get 80% of my outdoor work done by 10 AM. -

Also, realize, you will lose weight if you stick to this. Folks will not only be complimenting your boat, they will notice all the weight you have shed and "sooo fast!"

Good luck.
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Just hauled La Bella Vita for a few months. I need to do some work, but WOW it get's hot during the day! I plan on painting the bottom myself. I've done it plenty of times. In NY I had a sweatshirt on and long paints. Also, I usually like to wax the hull myself. It gives me the time to really get a good look at the condition, plus I know it gets done correctly. Again, never in this heat and humidity.

I was thinking of setting up a kiddie pool and a solar shower. Get to the yard early AM and as it heats up, just go over to the kiddie pool and get a quick dunking with the shower. Drink plenty of water and just grind thru it all.

Friends have all conceded to paying someone for these services. I calculate a savings of $2000 between paint and wax. I would buy the paint one way or the other. The labor for waxing is $450 and $1700 for 2 coats of ablative. (labor only)

Anyone in the HOT locations do their own work? I guess heart attack should be in the formula? Heat stroke?

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No-See-Ums are easy to control. Just clip a sheet of Bounce fabric softener to your shirt pocket. They will stay away.....but you will smell like a French Whore.....no, I dont know first hand.
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Bounce had never worked for anything but fabric softener for me...

Maybe Bounce fits in like different repellants, certain ones work better for others ....like the original Skin So Soft....never worked for me, but others swear by it.

Kinda like the heat thing, what works for some, doesn't for others.
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