Originally Posted by Hartley18
I have a question about water temperature:
Somewhere I read that the water temperature was 77degF, elsewhere 25degC. If that's true, what's with the Gumby suits? I would not have thought they'd be needed (or helpful) in those conditions if the water was that warm. What have I missed?
I saw that 77 deg report (I believe from the CG). If in or near the gulf stream the water can be warm. But even at 77 deg with the wind blowing and at night, an imersion suit would be good. Although I could see it could hinder you while trying to swim clear of a sinking ship and its rigging (as one survior described). The imersion suit would also help you float in those high wind and large breaking waves. Those suits saved some lives on the Bounty no doubt.
Here in Hawaii the water is normally between 72 and 77 degree. While exerting a lot of energy I can get real cold. After cleaning to bottom of my boat, even with a shorty wet suit on, I come out of the water real cold. Most free divers wear some type of wet suit to stay warm.