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High Heels on Boats, for Safety’s Sake

 Linh Goben, with daughter Emma in the background, styling aboard Savannah.

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Many owners don’t allow high heels on their boats. You can buy signs and stickers to indicate this preference. Tom Perkins, who built and sailed the 289-ft Maltese Falcon, advised visitors that he’d have any high-heel shoes found on his boat thrown overboard.

Not all boat owners feel the same way. Take Teal Goben of Ellensburg, Washington. He’s cool with his wife Linh wearing high heels on their 1993 Featherlight 43 catamaran Savannah, which he is painstakingly turning into a very modern and very fast performance cruising cat. And we have to admit, the shades/swimsuit/cell phone/floppy hat/high heels and martini look is a pretty fine nautical combo for Linh.
Linh says high heels are not about looks, but safety. "The only time I get hurt is when I walk in flip-flops. Which is why the first-ever commodore of the Punta Mita Yacht & Surf Club will be taking two pairs of Top-Siders and 48 pairs of high heels when she and Teal — with daughter Emma — go cruising for the second time.
We’ll have more on Gobens and Savannah in the September issue of Latitude 38.

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