For my (long time) Fiancťe Birthday and not so romantic part of her valentines
I got her and our family membership at the community Sailing Center her in Clearwater FL. Something that she could teach her and our kids down the road.
Well first things first, Iím a horrible teacher, so Iím leaving it to the pros to get her started so I have some classes planned for her, this coming weekend a 4 hour day, two day class on the basics, (6 hours on the water), with temp ~75deg and water around ~59 deg. After that, starting a one day a week class 4 hours a day (4 classes) to learn more basic handling and sailing with an introduction to racing. After that another set of classes to get her more advanceÖ so she will be in some COLD water..
So here what Iím looking for, I need something to keep her warm, she donít like the cold and she gets cold easy, and I know she is going to get wet, no mater what and she wont like that.. so Iím looking at a wetsuit, I have some shorties for her, but thatís not enough, thinking full wet suit.. so Iím looking for brand, size type, something that wont restrict her movement to much. Or any better ideas.
She is 5í2Ē usually tipping the scales at 115-120lb but we had a last baby just over a month ago. So she is 135lb, So I might buy used since she usually gets back down to her weight in 4-6 months, and wont be needing that size long.
Also any wet shoes you suggest that can be used on water/sand/boats/canvas, and keep her feet warm. No she wont be using them as deck shoes,Ö
Also her first class two day class she can use these boats: 15í Monohull Sloops (JY15), 12, 14, 16, Hobie Catamarans gataway or Access Dinghies (I think itís a Opti Pram)Ö Since itís a two days class, she probably gets to use two different ones I would think. Donít know, but if she gets to chose which ones would you suggest she learned on. Iím really not familiar with anyone of these, my first boat I learned on a long time ago was a 27 foot monohull so this going to be different.
Iím also sending our 9, 10, 11 and 17 year olds out for classes later next month, but just the basic, then will have her teach them from her other classes she takes, from there if any of them like it, will let them join up with one of the teams there.
Yea I know itís a long threadÖ with just some basic questions but got some more..
I will also be taking just the basic classes with her, just to be with her and support her, now mind you Iím 6í6Ē 380-390lb (and loosing) Iím thinking the only thing that will hold my weight out of that group is the 16 hobie, I know an 18 be better but they donít have one. Any heavy weight sailors out there with suggest, as for the cold it does not affect me as much, use to cold white water kayak back in the day.. guess more insulation LOL also looking for a Life jacket, something good for movement that will work with someone as big as I am.
Just a recap on (sorry again so long)
1. how to keep wife warm
2. what bands you suggest
3. what size for her
4. what boat should she learn on
5. any life jackets to fit my fat tail.