Re: Anyone make their own jackets etc.
I have a Henri Lloyd TP2 Ventura that I picked up at the boat show a couple years ago for around $160 and find more than adequate. If you don't want to wait til October, I've also found good deals on foul weather gear around Presidents' Day (2/18 this year). I imagine retailers restock after the boat shows for fall rally/snowbirding season and then want to clearance it out again for new stuff coming in for spring.
Beneteau Oceanis 400
formerly Lippincott 30