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Do you insist on yellow foul weather gear?

I see a lot of manufacturers making foul weather gear in colors other than yellow (red, white, black, blue, etc).

I was wondering if you guys insist on yellow (or any other color) for your foulies.

Color for the jacket?
Color for the pants?
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We have three sets of foulies, yellow, blue & white, and red. However, if I was to depend upon just one color being seen by a SAR chopper, or rescue boat - it would be yellow.

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Yellow Hat/Hood Only...

I think the most important part of the clothing (for consideration) is that the hood is bright yellow, since that is really the only part of your body that is normally above the water.

My four inflatable life jackets (two mustang hydrostatic and two west marine automatics) are either red or yellow, but the bladder part that inflates is yellow, so even if I had a yellow jacket, the yellow life vest would cover it up.

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I personaly would only buy Yellow or Red. I have friend that has Green and it looks like it would be a perfect match to many bodies of water.
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I think the most important part of the clothing (for consideration) is that the hood is bright yellow, since that is really the only part of your body that is normally above the water.

My four inflatable life jackets (two mustang hydrostatic and two west marine automatics) are either red or yellow, but the bladder part that inflates is yellow, so even if I had a yellow jacket, the yellow life vest would cover it up.

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Assuming you have the pfd on and your hood up.
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PFD and Foulies

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Assuming you have the pfd on and your hood up.
I am usually wearing a PFD when I sail, even if it's 90 deg out. ANY time I have foulies on, me and my crew are all wearing them. If I am wearing foulies, it's raining, so my hood is up.

A few weeks ago, I brought my boat from Newburyport, MA to Marblehead, MA around Cape Anne (Rockport/Gloucester). Water temp was 40 deg F, it was raining and about 50 deg F out. Everyone wore foulies and everyone wore an autoinflatable PFD. No one complained about my demand to wear a PFD and everyone had 10+ years of sailing experience.

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Speaking of foul weather gear, where can I find a set that won't set me back the price of a self tailing winch? I know, they say you get what you pay for but....
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The Admiral wears Yellow, I wear Red mainly because I wear my Gill jacket as a normal everyday jacket. Anything else that's not immediately visible is silly. I don't wear foulies as a fashion statement, I wear them because the weather sucks.
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My wife just got a set of West Marine .....

Reef System III Jacket and bibs for like $200 for the set. They maybe on sale this week. It's not super heavyweight, but it has all the critical features (pockets, abrasion areas, stowable yellow hood, water cuffs, etc.). She likes it because it isn't super heavy or bulk and she can move easily in it.

I would rate it as a coastal cruiser foulie package.

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