Shiver Me Timbers

It’s miserable to pull a frigid midnight watch shift during a stormy passage or an ocean race and not be prepared for the cold. To this end Patagonia recently introduced a new line of merino-wool base layers. These chlorine-free garments are soft against the skin (I hate scratchy wool), resist the growth of odor-causing bacteria, and are sold in different weights for different activities. Moreover, the garments easily and effectively wick moisture away from your body (thus helping keep you warm) and are surprisingly warm for their weight and bulk. From $82. Patagonia, 800-638-6464,

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