In this edition of Yachting Gear and Gadgets, we take a look at some of the best sunglasses for boaters.
Sunglasses are a must have accessory for yacht owners, and not just to look cool, or foil the paparazzi!
When it comes to boating sunglasses, there are a wide variety of popular brands. There are the well-known and fashionable brands such as Ray Ban, Oakly and Maui Jim, but you also may want to check out Hoven’s Argonaut sunglasses that have been specifically designed to float should they go overboard.
But rather than talk about the virtues of one particular brand over another, here are some of the features to look for in the best sunglasses for boats and yachts.
Safety and Vision Clarity
Remember again, that sunglasses are not there just to make a fashion statement, but to offer some real world eye protection. From a practical standpoint, the purpose of wearing sunglasses while out on the open water is to protect your eyes from the damaging UV rays of the sun, as well as to improve your visibility by cutting down on the intense light and glare.
Sunlight on water is far more intense than on land. This is because you are dealing with both direct sunlight, as well as reflected sunlight off of the water and the surfaces of your boat, which tend to be white. That combination can yield sunlight that is so intense that it is not only uncomfortable, but it can impair your vision to the point that it is a safety hazard.
Unfiltered glare can cause squinting, eye strain, visual discomfort and headaches. Glare is present even on cloudy or hazy days. Sunglasses are designed to reduce glare and light intensity by as much as 80-90% through the use of the familiar dark colored lens.
However, colored lenses alone do not offer enough protection under most marine conditions. To filter out the intense glare of the open sea, yachting sunglasses should be polarized. Glare, or reflected light is “polarized,” meaning that its rays are concentrated on a single plan. “Polarized” lenses block any kind of polarized light, so polarization is necessary in marine sunglasses to reduce glare.
In addition to polarization, any yachting sunglasses you choose should be coated to block 99-100 percent of the damaging UVA and UVB light.
And. of course any sunglasses you choose to use for boating should also be shatterproof to protect the eyes from injury in the event of sudden impact.
Color, Lens Shape, and More
As you know, sunglasses come in various colors. Each color impacts the amount of visible light hitting your eye, as well as your perception of the colors around you. Gray, brown, amber, or yellow colors are generally the best to be used while boating.
The shape of the lens can impact your field of view. The flatter the lens, the less distortion. Curved lenses can refract, or bend, the light rays as they pass through, so light doesn’t enter your eye in a straight line, and your vision can become distorted. Many high-end curved lenses have a feature called “distortion-free prismatics,” which can compensate for this distortion. So, if you enjoy the look of curved lenses, be sure to review the label for this feature.
Frames and lenses should be made of light, yet impact resistant materials. Polycarbonate lenses are designed to be shatterproof, which is an important safety feature, especially for boaters!
Finally, no matter what color or style of sunglasses you choose, a good fit is all important for safety, comfort and minimal visual distortion.
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