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 extensive everyday use of crew members. They have a long lifespan and in many cases can be worn for several years, still looking like new. Plus, you can try different colour combinations that are in keeping with your yacht’s brand and there’s also the option of customising the clothing with your logo. 


Men’s t-shirts and women’s t-shirts are one of the most commonly used clothing types in a typical yacht crew uniform, especially during the summer months. They’re a simple, cool, unisex option that allows for great breathability and unrestricted movement. 

Shorts & Skorts

Shorts are also extremely breathable and allow for a full range of movement when crew members are performing daily tasks. However, it may be worth avoiding white shorts even in the summer, as yacht crew often have to deal with oil, grease, and rust.

For female members of your crew, you may decide on an alternative to shorts: skorts. If you’re wondering what the difference between skirts and skorts is, allow us to explain. Skirts have no material between the legs, whereas skorts do, meaning skorts are a cross between skirts and shorts. Simple! 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.


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.  


Now, you’re probably wondering why we’ve included bags in an article about yacht crew uniforms during the summer months. Well, it’s about making it as easy as possible for your crew to have access to the additional things they need when the weather heats up or cools down. Bags are a welcome accessory for any yacht crew member, giving them a place to keep items such as sunscreen, sunglasses and drinking water. Okay, so a bag might not technically fall into the category of ‘clothing’, but we still think it’s a vital accessory as part of the wider uniform!

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.

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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 yacht owners and decision-makers looking for top-of-the-range crew clothing. 

We stock leading brands including Port Authority and Sport-Tek, 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!


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