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gear\clothes\"deck" shoes...?

Hello all,

Not sure if this should have been posted under "Gear & Maintenance" or here.

I'm a newbie to sailing - joined the Philadelphia Sailing Club last fall. I'm going on a "Spring Skills" 2-day sailing trip in late April down in Baltimore, MD and I know that it will be cold then. I need some advice on clothing\gear for sailing - what kind of jackets do you wear - I can almost visualize them but not aware of a special name or type. What about pants? What about shirts or socks if its cold and you are wet\damp? What should I buy and where can I buy them? And what about "deck shoes" - I have no idea what they are.

If any people are from the PA, NJ, or DE areas, do you know of any places within an hours drive of Philly that sell those things? Or is there a good online site to order them from? The trip is 7+ weeks away so I have some time, but would like to slowly start purchasing the gear now especially if quality stuff is pricey.

What about sleeping? I have a camping sleeping bag that's rated to 32 degrees and packs up to a size of a football - that should be good enough, right?

Also, is there a list of recommended items to bring like toothbrush, toothpaste, sun-screen, hat, etc?

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Jim (totally clueless)
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You should get a set of "foulies" any way. That's jacket and bibs rain gear. Check here or at defender.com. If you have a West Marine nearby, go there and try on some different brands before ordering, or, you can buy them there. You might want to get some boots as well.

A fleece vest is a good item and/or jacket. Main thing is to stay away from cotton. Deck shoes are basically shoes made with a non-skid sole. Again, you can see different styles and types at West. Wool or wool blend socks would be best if you expect cold and wet. Again, no cotton.

Your sleeping bag will do, if it doesn't get wet. I use a fleece sleeping bag with a sheet inside it on my boat. Personal items would be the same as for any trip, including your own soap.

There's more tips that others will provide, I'm sure.

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Just don't skimp here or try to be frugal.
Some of the best spent money is on clothing.
There is nothing worse than being uncomfortable while out sailing.
That said, we go with Gill, reasonably priced, good for costal cruising.
Of course on this topic, your going to get about 100 different responses and everybody will tell you their recommendation is the best and the only one you should consider. To each his own.
I did buy a nice pair of good sea boots, spent a lot of money on them and for the limited amount of time I use them, they were worth every penny. Early spring and late fall sailing, as you know is quite chilly. Nothing worse than having cold damp feet. Get a good pair of boots. Mine were from Duburry. Like I said expensive, but worth every penny.
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Just don't skimp here or try to be frugal.
Some of the best spent money is on clothing.
There is nothing worse than being uncomfortable while out sailing.
That said, we go with Gill, reasonably priced, good for costal cruising.
Of course on this topic, your going to get about 100 different responses and everybody will tell you their recommendation is the best and the only one you should consider. To each his own.
I did buy a nice pair of good sea boots, spent a lot of money on them and for the limited amount of time I use them, they were worth every penny. Early spring and late fall sailing, as you know is quite chilly. Nothing worse than having cold damp feet. Get a good pair of boots. Mine were from Duburry. Like I said expensive, but worth every penny.

understood - I won't buy the cheapest items, but I'm not going to buy the most expensive - I believe stuff that is middle of the road is usually just as good as the top stuff or just short with 1 less bell\whistle.

There's a West Marine about a 1/2 hour away - I'll go check out what they have in a week or two.
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While I prefer real sailing gear when it comes to "rubbers", I prefer my North Face gear for an everyday sailing jacket. While it is not specifically designed for sailing, it does the job well. There are a lot more pockets, zipper and velcro vents, and changeable linings for various weather. Oh, and a pair of vans!

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I bought my foul weather gear at the West Marine in Philadelphia. They had a decent sale at the time. I found that the layers I used under my snow ski clothing worked nicely under my sailing foul weather gear. As was said earlier, the newer synthetic clothing will wick away moisture keeping you warmer. Happy sailing.
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Just searched - West Marine doesn't have the store in Philly anymore - there's one in Ben Salem though.
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Couple times a year worst marine has Sperry Spinaker deck shoes on sale for $39.99 instead of $79.99 so I get a couple pair, they are a fair running shoe type. Good to have 2 pairs shoes, with luck only one pair at a time will be wet. Foulies (bibs especially) make a great outer layer for wind,fog and even heavy dew (besides rain) which soaks all surfaces and will drip from rigging and sails. A light pair of synthetic long underwear, chinos or khaki pants, and your bibs means you may be the only one in the cockpit, dinghy, bar etc. who is warm & has a dry butt. Even if the other kids tease you 'bout being overdressed.
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Before you lighten your wallet on all that gear, you should try sailing more. Dress in layers. Fleece does well. It holds heat even when wet. Get a rain suit at your local sports superstore (Dick's, Sports Authority, etc.) for $30. Buy a pair of rain boots at Wal-Mart for $10. Heck, you might not even need that stuff for your class. But, if you want to look cool, well.... I still shake my head when my wife drops a couple hundred on an outfit.
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