There are things you can do in Second Life that you probably just can't do in real life, like stripping off your clothes and going sailing. And that's the sort of thing you can do at Naked, a group of nine adult sims comprising The Naked Rocks, Bare Naked Angels, Naked Bondage, The Naked Ocean, Naked Sailing, Naked Sea, The Naked Depths, Naked Edge, and the sim Naked itself, all connected into a giant square. In addition to the sailing, which is a major pastime among visitors, the sims feature several art galleries and many locations for intimacy.
Naked is owned by the trio of The Cat (Catredivivus), Devorax and Jessica Belmer; additionally a quartet of additional estate managers keeps an eye on the day-to-day health of the sims. One, my friend Io Bechir, talked with me (photo above — she's on the left) about the life of the sims: "Sailing is a huge part of this place thanks to Jess' work — it's become quite a unique little destination for casual naturist sailors. We also have some amazing art in the galleries here from Cat's personal collection. And, of course, Jessica's wonderful gallery on Naked Bondage. We think it's a very sweet and playful combination of art, sex, and sailing. We always have more experienced sailors willing to help newer folks — since we're not really a sailing-first estate, I think people feel more comfortable learning here."
Nakedness is required (and celebrated) throughout the sims with several exceptions: the main landing point (where one can learn more about Naked), all the art galleries (including Jessica's LHOOQ gallery, about which I wrote here), and the naked bondage area in the sky (a playful location for the more adventurous, photo immediately below). Although sex isn't per se what the sims are about — and not all visitors are there for sex, to be sure — there are plenty of opportunities for couples (and even groups) throughout the Naked sims, some private and some more public.
Several of the sailing sims are primarily water, with occasional buoys or lighthouses to mark boundaries, but those with land are beautifully designed and quite inviting. Visitors who enjoy sailing can rent a boat slip — there's about a month's wait as I write this. It's possible the Naked sims may change hands later this year, but "nothing's certain, yet," Jessica shared with me. "One way or another, they'll be around." Thanks to Froderick Massey, whom I met at the sims, for taking me out on his sailboat to tour (top image).