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Re: A simple gear question for a new sailor
If you are taking up the boating hobby, I'd argue to buy good marine foul weather gear. When you use it, you'll be glad that you did. Marine gear is designed for sitting, hiking, working on deck, all stuff that otherwise good quality rain gear is not designed to do. Especially including a hood that permits you see when it's up, and your head is turned or angled... and which does not shut down your peripheral vision, a very bad result of most gear. Keeping you dry is just the beginning...your boating gear needs to keep you dry on the rough weather days when the water is coming At you rather than DOWN on you, and again rain gear just doesn't do it.
I sprung for some quality Henri Lloyd coastal gear a while ago, and it's a pleasure to use everytime in the otherwise unpleasant circumstances where you need it.
Nothing but nothing makes a day on the water more miserable than being wet when you need to be warm too, if you get wet you wont be warm.
And spring for some Gortex socks, use them with your boat shoes, much better than boots for daysailing.
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Last edited by sailingfool; 03-21-2013 at 05:52 PM.