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New immersion suit

http://www.oceanmedix.com/?_siteid=o...=dOM-ST_i950un


Tested for 24 hours near Vancouver, BC.
Water temp 32 air temp 32.

After the 24 hours the participants were doing fine with no cold water issues.

Idea came from an Alaska Airlines pilot.

Not cheap but besides working for at least 4 time longer than older style suits it has a real boot integrated into the suit so you can walk on deck with it.

The gloves are removable and their is a breath operated valve to rewarm your hands once you gloves are put back on.

The idea is that a crew can put the suit on well before it is needed and still carry out their duties.
If they can save the boat just take off the suit.
If they can't they already have the suit on and just have to put on the gloves.

Existing suites can't be put on until you are ready to jump into the water as you cannot walk with them or use your hands.

Once you are in the water they only give you 3 to 6 hours.

Time will tell but it seems like a pretty good idea.
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Re: New immersion suit

I like the sounds of it, for sure. However, having worn my fair share of dry suits, I have a strong suspicion you wouldn't want to do any heavy work in one. Secure a plb, etc, and this looks like a great heavy weather night watch uniform.
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Re: New immersion suit

Did a swimming pool drill with gumby suits and a raft once. Once you become gumby, movement is not easy. If you are claustrophobic, or even if you aren't, the constricted movement etc, will test you. Recommend highly that if you've got these things in your boat, you try them out at least once on a nice day tied to a mooring before deploying when you've got real problems.

New suit looks pricy, but also looks like it wouldn't be as constricting. Interesting stuff.
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Re: New immersion suit

I'll stick with my kayaking drysuits. Immersion time in 42 degree water is more like 1hr than 24, but they are comfortable to wear, provide easy motion, and don't get stuffy even under moderate exertion. I always bring one cruising as my extreme foul weather gear, and also use one when sailing on my 5O5.
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Re: New immersion suit

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I'll stick with my kayaking drysuits. Immersion time in 42 degree water is more like 1hr than 24, but they are comfortable to wear, provide easy motion, and don't get stuffy even under moderate exertion. I always bring one cruising as my extreme foul weather gear, and also use one when sailing on my 5O5.
That's the thing about this suit.
It is supposedly an honest 24 hours.

They put guys in the water with these suits and after the 24 hours they were willing to continue and had no cold related issues.
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Re: New immersion suit

More expensive than some others, but looks like it might be worth it. The poster on the site made it look like they come with coffee mugs too. All the comforts of home!
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Re: New immersion suit

Still like the exposure suits the oil rig workers use. They have no gloves nor boots. They work great on a cold wet watch and you can wear your favorite harness over them. Admittedly don't provide the protection these dedicated immersion suits provide but my thinking is I just need to stay warm enough and afloat long enough to get into the raft if g-d forbid the boat goes down. Find putting any of these things on requires going down below, stripping, finding a bunk where you can sit without bouncing around a lot. They are a bear to put on, you need to be careful about over heating wearing them. Then once on they are hard to turn your head to see and move around . Those are not as big an issue in the commercial work suits. The work suits also have reinforcement in wear areas so expect they will stand up to use better. Had an Imhoff suit I used for >10y even as just foulies when it got snotty.
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Re: New immersion suit

At the price and if you have much crew you may find it cheaper to invest in a enclosed life boat!....Dale
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