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A True Blue Tilley

Sailing is all about fun in the sun, but it sometimes doesn’t take long to get too much of a good thing, especially when on a prolonged cruise or offshore passage. Enter the Tilley Polaris, the latest lid developed by iconic Canadian hat-maker Tilley. Constructed in lightweight, navy-blue polyester with a PFC-free 3XDRY Bio finish, each full-brimmed hat is both water-repellent and quick-drying for sailing in either rain or just “spirited” conditions. Other features include front and back wind cords (you’d hate to lose your lid during that same “spirited” sailing), grommeted vent holes, a secret pocket for keeping smaller valuables, a rear Velcro sunglasses holder and, best of all for those long days on-passage, a stowaway sun shield for your neck. Being a Tilley, of course, the hat is also guaranteed for life. $115. Tilley Endurables Inc., tilley.com

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