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Best kit/ clothes for dinghy sailing

Hi, I'm going to be joining a new sailing club soon and need to buy a completely new set of kit for dinghy sailing before I join. I can't borrow anything from the club, so I need a buoyancy aid, gloves, boots etc. So, what is the best I can buy for a maximum total of about £100 in the UK?

Also, is there a better option than a full wetsuit? I have previously just used a full wetsuit but they are very uncomfortable. Maybe a short wetsuit, long john wetsuit or wetsuit top and shorts... with a spray top? Is there a short wetsuit that can be used all year round when combined with the spray top and other such things? What's the best type/ arrangement of clothes to wear?

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I bought this for early spring sailing on my C250, and ended up also wearing it last week while doing dinghy sailing in unusually cool weather. With the zipper, it is MUCH easier to get on and off than a traditional one-piece wet suit:

Amazon.com: O'Neill Wetsuits Superlite 2mm Front Zip Jacket, Black, X-Large: Sports & Outdoors Amazon.com: O'Neill Wetsuits Superlite 2mm Front Zip Jacket, Black, X-Large: Sports & Outdoors


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I can't decide what to get. I don't want to spend loads of money but I want it to be used all year.
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Try eBay for a surface water drysuit....
plenty of room in them even over clothes in the winter time.
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Farmer John wetsuits are quite comfortable. Unzip them when it is relatively warm, add jacket over it when it gets colder. Get a wetsuit hat for the fall season. Very helpful. Get booties. This is what I use when dinghy sailing in fall and spring. Try used sports goods stores - lots of bargains there if you are not fussy about the looks. Don't buy wetsuits that are too big for you. They need to cling to your body without being overly tight. Get nylon undershirt and nylon shorts to wear under the suit (chafe guard clothes). You can buy the shirts cheap in thrift stores. Get good gloves.
Comfortable clothes are a huge factor in enjoying sailing and being SAFE.
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Farmer John wetsuits are quite comfortable. Unzip them when it is relatively warm, add jacket over it when it gets colder. Get a wetsuit hat for the fall season. Very helpful. Get booties. This is what I use when dinghy sailing in fall and spring. Try used sports goods stores - lots of bargains there if you are not fussy about the looks. Don't buy wetsuits that are too big for you. They need to cling to your body without being overly tight. Get nylon undershirt and nylon shorts to wear under the suit (chafe guard clothes). You can buy the shirts cheap in thrift stores. Get good gloves.
Comfortable clothes are a huge factor in enjoying sailing and being SAFE.
Yes I think I agree. I wore a long wetsuit again while kayaking today and the most annoying things are the arms and also being cold in the wind. A long john/ farmer john is probably the best. I'll get a spray top and nylon shirt. Then I'll be able to comfortably move my arms and get take it off easily. I can use this setup for sailing and kayaking, then maybe add a wet suit top for scuba diving or when it gets cold.

Any recommendations for kit- gloves and stuff? What thickness of wetsuit should I get? 5mm seems to cost allot.
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These work great on small boats. Cheap and easy to find. Great grip.
Don't offer much protection on big boats though.
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Why not fingerless gloves?
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Re: Best kit/ clothes for dinghy sailing

Do not get a 5 mil suit. That is way too thick for dinghy sailing under normal circumstances, which seriously restricts movement and makes you tired. I use 2 mil which seems warm enough. 3 mil is probably the max I would recommend. Had a winter jacket that was 3 mils and it was quite comfortable. I used it with my 2 mils farmer john suit (long legs). Head cap with a rim (bill) and gloves that give you good dexterity. I do not like open finger gloves when it gets cold. They are OK when it is warmer. I also used motorcycle goggles on windy days - they help a lot as well. I also use oily face cream when it is cold - keeps you warmer.
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