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It depends on whether you're planning on being found after falling overboard in bad weather or not... marine foul weather gear has retro-reflective patches, and other features that are not found on terrestrial foul weather gear. The marine foul weather gear will also have things like inner cuffs made of either latex or polyurethane, that will prevent water from dripping down your arm when you reach up to adjust a halyard or such. Being dry is key if you're sailing in New England waters in the early spring or late fall.
A lot of it depends on what you need, and what you find comfortable. I would recommend that you try on a few different brands and models. Some people say that marine foul weather gear is over priced... but if you look at it as a long-term investment, isn't all that expensive. My previous set of foul weather gear was 14 years old when I replaced it... and that's pretty inexpensive over the long run, as the cheaper stuff my friends have bought have been replaced at least three or four times in that time.
Currently, I have a Musto MPX jacket that just rocks. The collar is high enough to block almost all the spray, especially when I have my Tilley hat on. The fleece in it is very soft and warm, even in the coldest weather. It is not lined, except with a mesh liner, mainly so it can be worn in both warmer and colder weather, by wearing the appropriate gear underneath it.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
óCpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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