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Old 12-01-2008
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Regardless of the season, it is typically 10 degrees or more cooler on the water than it is on land. Layers - we recommend, thus you can peel off or put on as deemed necessary.



We recommend under shirts that wick moisture away from your body (not cotton) as your first layer of clothing in colder conditions (Gill and other manufactures provide some of these items).






Follow that by fleece or wool, and then a nice foul weather jacket. The more wetness that is trapped and close to the body - the more miserable you will feel. A good foul weather jacket will be one that has a hoodie and allows your chin to be covered up.






For pants, were as you wish under - when in rain or colder conditions, I suggest motorcycle rain pants. They perform incredibly well and wear up to the abuse if you do not want to spend monies on a complete BIB setup with your marine foulies.






Lastly the choice of shoes and gloves is important. When considering shoes you want plenty of grip. "HG" has teak decks which provides awesome non-skid abilities, but shoes that can not grip will slide on that as well. The other factor to consider is how waterproof are they? Boots are a better choice as the pants can be pulled over them when it is wet and raining. But they can be annoying, so I prefer to have flip flops, a good pair of sailing sneakers and boots at the ready.






Gloves, you have to adjust the need to keep your hands warm, versus handling lines. Big bulky gloves usually do not allow one to actually grasp at lines or flip up clutches. Lightweight gloves just absorb water. Do a search on gloves and pick two pairs - one for light conditions and one for the foulest and you will have the best of both worlds.





At any rate you should bring a seperate set of clothes to change out into after sailing; especially, if it is raining. This will allow you to leave and swap out any damp clothes before you attend a after event or drive home.

Fisheries Supply, REI, West Marine all have large selections of these items that you can try on before you buy...
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