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Old 12-03-2010
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Help for Scleroderma/Raynaud's

I have owned a 30' steel sailboat for some years and enjoy cruising around my home state of Tasmania, approaching retiring age I was looking forward to venturing further afield. Recently I was diagnosed with scleroderma which had led to the sudden bouts of Raynaud's (freezing hands and fingers) that I was experiencing.
The doctors say I'll have to give up both my sailing and my current occupation (metal machinist in typically Australian unheated workshops) or risk loosing fingers.
The loss of income will be a blow but the thought of giving up my boat is devastating. There must be some way to reliably keep my core temperature and hands warm whilst on deck and still manage to sail. Is there anyone out there with a similar problem and have you been able to beat it?

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