Coveralls for engineers - sea term

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  1. kpbaseballmom

    kpbaseballmom Member

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    Does anyone have a suggestion regarding coveralls? Should they be flame retardant? Are cotton twill flame retardant coveralls adequate? Are 2 pair enough?


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  2. KPEngineer

    KPEngineer Eternal Father ...

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    I wouldnt be too wedded to the idea of coveralls. I found them uncomfortable when you start sweating a lot because they no longer fit exactly right and they become difficult for head calls. What I did was to buy about 3 sets of old clothes from a salvation army or goodwill. When I was getting off my ship at the end of sea year I just tossed them. I learned that from an engineer who did that every trip so he never had to fly with a bag of clothing.

    I did have a pair of clean coveralls for the evening after we knocked off. Had to maintain the engineer image you know.
     
  3. jasperdog

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    Solid advice - also kahki's from Salvation Army or just a couple of pair of kahki pants and good cotton t shirts that you don't care about work well - as noted once you've used them to work in the Engine Room for a week or so, they are pretty much good for nothing else.... boiler suits/aka coveralls work too but they are hot at times....
     
  4. ALTMFC11

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    Some sturdy jeans and a T-Shirt is all I ever wore
     
  5. deepdraft1

    deepdraft1 Master, Ocean Steam or Motor Vessels, unlimited

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    KPEngineer and Jasperdog are spot on with their advice.. Also the 'Mate' and the 'First' will generally give the cadet a boilersuit. Sometimes, they might even give out two pair depending on how many they have in their 'gold locker'..
     
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    Our son took a couple of Carhart pants and old T-shirts. Boiler suits were given once he got to each one of his ships. The Carhart's (in combination with the boiler suits) actually made it through both sea years. The t-shirts, on the other hand, were immediately thrown away when he returned home.
     

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