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Dry suits for sailing?

I see some are using dry suits for sailing foul weather gear, why? I can not imagin using my suit above water in any weather. It is heavy duty, BARE XCD2Tech but even a light shell suit traps every bit of moisture inside defeating the whole idea of a dry suit.
Can anyone shed light on this for me please?
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Dry suits are often used as normal wear gear for dinghy sailors in colder water/weather...

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Ah OK, I can see that. But not for real sailing?
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Drysuits

There are lightweight suits for sailing and kayaking. They are breathable. Basicaly, there is no much difference beetween heavy weather foul gear and sailing drysuit, exept drysuit is in one piece and completely sealed.

Since I do both, small open boat racing and cruising on bigger boat, and gear is expencive, I use drysuit as foul weather suit. It works.
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Ah OK, I can see that. But not for real sailing?
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OK, let me rephraise that, but not on big boats?
Now that you mention it, I have seen gortex dry suits. Now I understand why! Thanks for the input.
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They are often used on bigger boats, if the boats are extremely wet or when racing and having a high possibility of capsize in colder weather/water. When sailing very early or very late in the season or frostbiting, it makes a lot of sense to wear a drysuit rather than regular foul weather gear. If you end up in the water, it can make the difference between living and dying of hypothermia.

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Im just thinking " how can I dry it after use?"
I comm fished Alaska for five years and always found good old fashoned Grundines to work well in wet and cold. I do see teh advantages when in the water thou... Thanks!
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