This is my second summer sailing an M20 scow in Kansas, and as it gets colder, I'm wanting to extend my sailing season a little while longer. To do that, I'll need to get some cold-weather gear, and I'm looking for recommendations. (I'm not talking about Winter sailing, as much as early spring and late fall, so a dry-suit is probably overkill)
With that in mind, I went to my local sail supply store and asked for their recommendations. They suggested Gill Coast Cruise Trousers
and Thermal Dingy Top.
I tried them on and found them comfortable, and I think I'd be happy with them. But I didn't get them yet because I'm struggling with a preconceived assumption that the typical foul-weather gear (ideal for a keel-boat) would be too bulky for a scow. Because my cockpit is pretty cramped, and I have to crouch as low as possible to get under the boom, I had assumed that a wetsuit would be the way to go.
So I'd like to hear from anyone else that may have been in this situation. Does anyone have experience with both a wetsuit and foul-weather gear? If so, would you recommend one over the other? Having never had either a wetsuit or foul-weather gear, I don't know how they compare - I assume that both will keep you dry and warm? Aside from bulk, mobility, warmth, and dryness, are there any other considerations I should keep in mind?
If the pants are the recommended way to go, I'm happy to get them, but I thought I'd bounce the question off folks here before making a decision.
Thanks for your input!