A dry suit is a good outer layer, especially for smaller boat sailors, where you tend to get very wet or capsize with some frequency.
You should also invest in good synthetic or silk underwear, which will stay warm when wet. Polar fleece is a good under drysuit layer for insulation, and also keeps you warm when wet. Good gloves, 1-3 mm neoprene is good—1 is a good summer weight in colder waters, and 3 mm is good for colder weather. A good fleece or wool hat is also very useful.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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