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  1. whitege

    whitege Member

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    DD is leaving for sea soon. As an engineer what should she show up at ship in. No khakis at home just dress whites.
     
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    DS did not take his KP uniforms when on the commercial ships and therefore wore 'work khakis'. He did take his uniforms when boarding a Navy vessel. I believe he wore his whites onto the ship.
     
  3. cmakin

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    When I boarded my first ship, myself and the deck cadet both wore our dress blues. Caused quite a stir onboard. This particular ship (Company- APL- still around, after a fashion), required all officers and cadets to wear khakis, with rank insignia (shoulder boards and collar devices) at meal time. It was my understanding that this was the Master's preference. I know that part of the reason was that we carried 12 passengers who dined with the officers. I do know that I never boarded in my dress blues again and also never wore my khakis with all the flare ever again, while at sea. I often wore my khakis at meal time/off hours.

    As an engineer, I would recommend either coveralls, or work pants and shirts (Dickies comes to mind) for engine room/working apparel. I know that when I was going to sea, both as a cadet and after, I ultimately found that the work pants and shirt were more comfortable for general watch standing and day work. Real grimy work like changing a piston, working in a boiler or crankcase was best done in coveralls.

    It probably wouldn't hurt to have a pair or two of khaki pants and a shirt.

    As far as what to where when boarding, just some clean, neat khakis or "business casual" attire. You never know what kind of officers are onboard.
     
  4. KPEngineer

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    I cant remember if I even brought any uniforms with me. If I did it definitely wasn't more than working khakis. You could just go with a set of dickies. The odds of anyone knowing the difference much less caring is pretty slim. MSC or USN is a different animal. I would recommend showing up in uniform for both.

    As for working clothes, a little trick I learned on my first ship, stock up at someplace like salvation army or goodwill and just toss them at the end of sea year.
     
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    If she's deck I recommend two sets of "work Kahkis" just to be safe. A boiler suit is also good. If she's engine work clothes and a boiler suit. If you/she hasn't bought Carharts or Dickies that'd be the way I'd go if she's engine and a few pairs of clothes from a second hand shop.

    Didn't she get some info on this during her Sea year prep course..
     
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    Go to a second hand store and get some used jeans. Carharts or Dickies pants are good too. Old t-shirts that can be thrown away after the 4 months are up. Might want to throw away the jeans too. Keep the Carharts and Dickies for the next sea year.
    If you cannot find a boiler suit, go to an Army Navy store and get one there. They also carry the Carharts or Dickies. Found the Dickies at Sears, Walmart and the Army/Navy Store. Found Carharts at Ace Hardware.
     

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