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post #111 of 121 Old 03-06-2010
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Put the adult beverages and your uncle Helmut away.
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I crewed on an Irwin 40 for several years and I became the official foul weather helmsman. Why? 'Cause I'm a fantastic helmsman! Well, that's what I thought.

The real reason is I'd always ride my motorcycle to the yacht club (parking isn't such a problem when you ride a motorcycle) and I'd store my riding suit and helmet onboard. While everyone was warm and dry down below, I was also warm and dry in the cockpit. I could see in a driving rain and I wasn't too worried about what I looked like. Who else is looking at me in a driving rain???

You can get a cheep HJC brand full coverage helmet for around a hundred dollars. Since it's designed to be used in winds over a hundred MPH it'll work fine on your boat. Get one that color matches or just plain white.

I actually carry two helmets onboard. My full coverage for use in the rain and a small open face helmet I use when diving under the boat. I've found that when working underwater it can often help to rest your head on the hull for more leverage or just to help steady your body.

If you ever get the chance to use a full coverage helmet in the rain ....... you'll be adding it to your equipment list.

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A Kite-surfing helmet would be perfect.
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I wouldn't go with the kite surfing helmet because it's open face design will allow water on the inside of the visor. A proper full coverage motorcycle helmet will not only protect your head and face from just about anything that's gonna hit it on a sailboat but will also give you clear vision in a driving rain. It may be over-designed for this use but that's okay with me.

This is my foul weather helmet, my 5 year old street helmet that I replaced a few months ago. Took these when it was new.





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I thought about a motorcycle helmet but i thought it might be a bit big and get in the way on a laser.
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I actually have a 'Gath' which is a surfing helmet. I have a propensity to 'crown' myself with anything solid. I also have worn a pair of goggles because of the spray. Luckily, nobody with a camera would surface from the cabin to record the goof at the helm!!


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There are some real advantages to full face helmets, from a racing standpoint.
1. More surface for sponsors = more $ for beer.
2. Intimidation- if you look like the bridge crew of the Death Star, it scares the hell out of the other crews in the Wed night beercan series.
3. With the option of in-helmet audio and intercom, no one has to listen to the skipper's bad jimmy buffett mix yet again, but everybody has to listen to his orders.
4. If you are a multi-huller it may become mandatory.
Seems like all the really spectacular crashes are multi hull boats:
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Seems like all the really spectacular crashes are multi hull boats:
THat's cause leadmines are just too slow to have really spectacular crashes...

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I know that some racers use crash helmits when there in the cabine in bad condition, and to climb up the mast.
From what I read it has already safe lives...

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Here's what I'm thinking about - the ultimate in sailing protection (may have some rust issues in salt water....):


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