Re: A simple gear question for a new sailor
Decent outer layer for rain/spray and plan for layering your clothing should be sufficient. Gloves - you probably don't need them, but they may be nice to have for grip, especially if it gets wet. You'll want to get gloves for your wife if she'll be handling lines. Rookies sometimes grip hard onto a line that is running away. Without gloves, this can result in a nasty rope burn.
West Marine sailing gloves are junk. Name-brand sailing gloves are way overpriced. You can go to the sporting goods store and get high-quality gloves for weight lifting that will work just fine (as long as they don't bleed ink in the rain). Also, I saw some good quality water skier gloves at the West Marine recently. They looked to be twice as good as the West Marine sailing gloves and they were half the price.
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Catalina 350 (hull# 273)
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