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Old 11-09-2012
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Re: Project: STAY WARM

Yeah that's always the problem; finding the balance between finger dexterity and warmth. It depends on what your job is as crew. I am often foredeck so I need to be able to tie and untie knots, open and close shackles etc, so full fingered gloves are only good if they are tight fitting enough that you still have use of your finger tips, and that also means little or no insulation.

The most valuable thing I have for that is a jacket with hand warmer pockets so you can tuck your hands in close to your body when you are sitting on the rail. Over gloves that you can put on over your sailing gloves are another option if you are going to spend long periods of time on the rail not needing your fingers, but if your sailing gloves get wet your overgloves are going to get wet inside too.

We have a number of boats heading down from our area for RTC; it sounds like a great event! Maybe one year I will make it down!
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