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Old 03-20-2013
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Re: A simple gear question for a new sailor

The glove thing.

Any half fingered glove will do. Any. Take a pair of gloves and cut off the tips even!

It is a personal comfort thing. If your hands are nearly chafe proof to begin with you may not need them.

We race my 27' sailboat with a crew of 3. The other 2 guys always wear gloves when we do. Only on occasion do I wear them as I don't find 2 hours of line handling that taxing to my bare hands. If I were required to be handling lines for 4 hours at a time I'd want to have a pair of gloves with me, just in case I felt a blister coming on.

Layers. Good base layer. Any clothing that is comfortable and used as a layer will do. Water proof or quick drying fabrics like fleece are a plus. Fabrics that are able to breathe are preferable: fleece, silk etc.
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