The Best Yacht Crew Uniforms For Summer

Yacht crew spend a huge amount of time outdoors, in a variety of different weather conditions. This makes it important to have a wardrobe that is ready for action – no matter what the elements have in store.

What to wear during warm weather?

When the summer months arrive and bring with them warmer weathers, there will naturally be changes to the crew’s uniform – you will want your crew to be comfortable, smart and stylish, whilst also protecting them from the sun’s harmful rays. In this article, we’ll take you through some yacht crew clothing options that you might want to consider for your team during the summer months: everything from timeless classics such as polo shirts through to specialist sun-proof clothing designed specifically with your crew in mind.

Polo Shirts

High-quality polo shirts always look smart and when they are well-made can withstand the long charter days and stand up to heavy laundering (we have many easy care options). The right polo have a long lifespan and in many cases can be worn for several seasons, still looking like new, Ogio and Port Authority are some of our favorites. Plus, you can try different color combinations that are in keeping with your yacht’s brand and we can embroider or print them with your logo or artwork. 


Men’s t-shirts and women’s t-shirts are one of the most commonly used clothing types in a typical yacht crew uniform, we love them for off charter or down days, especially during the summer months. They’re a simple, cool, unisex option that allows for great breathability and unrestricted movement. However for exterior crew they do not always provide adequate sun protection.

Shorts & Skorts

Our upcoming range of men’s & women’s shorts are made in a stretch fabric and allow for a full range of movement when crew members are performing daily tasks. They are quick dry, moisture wicking & sun proof, they also do not need to be ironed.

For female members of your crew, you may decide on an alternative to shorts: skorts.  Both of these are very popular choices as they look both professional and smart which is ideal in front of charter guests. While looks are important, skorts are also practical, keep the wearer cool and allow for an excellent range of movement. Our skorts feature a breathable inner short for comfort & hygiene.


While guests can relax and enjoy shaded spots on the deck, crew members will still need to perform tasks that require them to spend time out in the sun. So, the addition of a hat to your yacht’s crew uniform is essential. Hats offer protection from the sun, which is vital for crew members during the brighter, and hotter, months. While most opt for peaked sun hats, there are other options available including wide-brim hats that keep the face, neck and ears shaded. At Nautilus Yachtwear, we have a range of hats with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) 30+ protection that are perfect for long periods of time spent outdoors.  


Shoes are essential for crew members comfort & safety, (personally I have broken a toe on board while bare foot underway from Greenland to Nova Scotia). Our shoe options are light weight and breathable so they are great for those hot summer months, they quick drying with anti slip, non marking soles and can be tossed in the washing machine. we also have a broad size range from a ladies 5.5 to a men’s 14, meaning all crew members can match across departments, regardless of shoe size.

At Nautilus Yachtwear, buoyed by our vast industry experience, we provide specialist yacht crew clothing to suit all weather conditions. If you would like any more information on our crew clothing options, get in touch and speak to a member of our expert team. Enquire about our uniform checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything for your crew.

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Sun Proof Clothing

We offer a fantastic range of sun proof clothing that is designed specifically for yacht crew during the summer months. New technology combined with stylish designs has made this particular type of clothing a popular choice amongst crew and guests, we are hoping to encourage a change to sun proof uniform for exterior crew, ensuring their comfort & most importantly; safety.

We stock leading brands including Wet effect, Vapor apparel and Paragon, so you can be confident that you’re purchasing premium-quality garments. Let’s take a look at what gives these brands their ‘sun-proof’ title. 

Keeping your crew protected from the sun

As a former chief stew and CEO of Nautilus Yachtwear, Deirdre Colgan witnessed several yacht crew members getting burned by the sun because they did not have appropriate protection – this has to stop! That’s why we’re making it our mission to ensure the crew wear UPF 50+ protective uniforms.  We stock wide a range of options endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation, including short and long-sleeved polos, shirts, rash vests and so much more!