Originally Posted by Cruisingdad
You are welcome.
By the way, don't spend a zillion dollars on the a jacket for down south. After a couple of years (or less, depending where you hang it when it is wet) it will get this damned mildew in it and the "waterproffness" (is that the word) does not work worth a crap. Also, in my uneducated opinion, I buy one size larger so I can really spin a winch and just in case I need to layer-up. That is just me, though. A good, snug fitting jacket will suck. Besides, the larger jacket is great to pull over you on the long nights offshore while you are "standing watch".
I already have a decent Goretex "rain suit" (actually made for skiing) that I layer with a fleece or two or even a second, slightly smaller Goretex jacket. This is in fact my winter gear (I don't do parkas anymore) because I bicycle on some very cold, but dry days (today it's -2 F/-19 C in Toronto), and I sail in early May to mid-November. This is the sort of get-up I would wear generally, but I think I need something a little better to keep green water from running down my neck, arms and legs if I have to spend four hours at the wheel in 30 knots close-hauled. If I am to help on a delivery in April from Tortola to North Carolina, long tacks are a real possibility, as are big following waves and sloshiness from the Gulf Stream. I've seen the Irish Sea and the English Channel (not as a small-boat sailor, however, as a middle-sized boat passenger) and I have the sense of how wearing relatively mild, but persistent chill and damp can get.
The fact is that a lot of deck time is spent not moving a hell of a lot. That's when you can get chilled...it's like waiting for a bus in an early spring rain...it's worse than a snowstorm!
But the suggestions are very good, guys...thanks. Musto is going to be investigated, and the Alpine harness sounds great. Due to biking, I already have decent diving gloves and know how to keep hands, head and feet warm and dry.