As the leaves start to fall and the nights draw in, the end of summer can feel like a bit of a pessimistic time. But although we've said goodbye to our warm weather routine, welcoming in the autumn can actually be a brilliant time for us leisure sailors and keen fisherman looking to make the most of the quiet open waters.

To get you suitably prepared Mylor Chandler have put together 5 of our favourite reasons to love the fall while you're on your boat.

Perfect Conditions

Sailing in summer is idyllic but it can leave you vulnerable to sun exposure - particularly due to strong UV rays beating down on your deck and deflecting off the water's surface. Although a good sun cream should be stowed below deck throughout the year, autumn welcomes in milder temperatures with a great proportion of still and sunny days to enjoy out on your boat. You'll also be able to take in the stunning surroundings and enjoy the changing of the season.

A Great Excuse To Update Your Sailing Wardrobe

As you transition from summer into autumn, you may find that your sailing wardrobe is suddenly lacking a few essentials to get you through the chillier seasons. Those September and October months are a great time for seeking out some brilliant outdoor clothing staples to make your next boating trip as comfortable as possible.

Mylor Chandlery's Clothing & Footwear section allows you to shop by activity to find exactly what you need for your next seafaring session - we've picked out just a few of our favourites here...

Gill i5 Crosswind Jacket

A highly versatile, waterproof and windproof mid-layer that is suited to the wide spectrum of different weather conditions you can experience in autumn on your boat.

Gill Women's Pro Salopettes

Everyday sailing trousers for women that will see you through the autumn and winter, sealing out the rain and keeping you protected from the elements.

Sealskinz Socks - Mid Weight, Mid Length Size Small

Waterproof, windproof, breathable and lined with Merino wool for excellent moisture control in all weathers, these socks are a must-have for all sailors looking to keep their extremities warm and shielded from the elements.

Amazing Scenery 

Autumn probably the most vivid and distinctive season of the year - and what better reason to get on your boat and take in the beauty of the great outdoors? Take in red and gold leafy backdrops on your next trip and you'll suddenly discover a whole new way of looking at even you most familiar sailing passages.

An Even Better Excuse To Retool And Revamp You Boat

Over the course of the summer you may have streamlined your cabin to suit the warm, laid back atmosphere of summer. Autumn is the perfect opportunity to give your boat a bit of a seasonal inspection to make sure you're as prepared as you can be.

Tube Heater with Thermostat

During the colder weather our tube heaters will help create and sustain great air circulation which will stave off condensation, dampness, freezing mould and mildew and create a cosy atmosphere when you're out on an autumn sail.

Seago Smart Dry Dehumidifier

The Seago Smart Dry is an essential product for controlling the humidity conditions below deck. The compact shape and convenient installation options enable you to keep your boat as dry and pleasant as possible and the intelligent settings ensure the Smart Dry turn off when the humidity level is below your desired setting.

Empty Harbours & Waterways 

The beginning of autumn usually drives the seasonal sailors away from the most popular and desirable waterways. So when the kids go back to school and the summer holidays finish, the fanatical sailors amongst us can make the most of the quieter surroundings in plenty of time before the chill of winter arrives. Be careful though! As temperatures plummet into October, this can open you up to the risk of storms, poor visibility and unpredictable weather, so always check the forecast and wrap up warm. If you're in any doubt you can always postpone your sail for another day.

Post By Ed Mason