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Re: A simple gear question for a new sailor

The first time a good gust pulls the jib sheet through your hands or you do a rough jibe and the main sheet gets away from you, you'll know why many of us wear gloves. On a nice, gentle day, I'll keep mine in my back pocket. When we get above 12 knots apparent, I put 'em on.
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If you are taking up the boating hobby, I'd argue to buy good marine foul weather gear. When you use it, you'll be glad that you did. Marine gear is designed for sitting, hiking, working on deck, all stuff that otherwise good quality rain gear is not designed to do. Especially including a hood that permits you see when it's up, and your head is turned or angled... and which does not shut down your peripheral vision, a very bad result of most gear. Keeping you dry is just the beginning...your boating gear needs to keep you dry on the rough weather days when the water is coming At you rather than DOWN on you, and again rain gear just doesn't do it.

I sprung for some quality Henri Lloyd coastal gear a while ago, and it's a pleasure to use everytime in the otherwise unpleasant circumstances where you need it.

Nothing but nothing makes a day on the water more miserable than being wet when you need to be warm too, if you get wet you wont be warm.

And spring for some Gortex socks, use them with your boat shoes, much better than boots for daysailing.

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Re: A simple gear question for a new sailor

Do you wear a wedding band? If so, then you really need to wear gloves anytime you are working around machinery and equipment. This is a basic safety rule and helps you to not loose a finger, otherwise take your ring(s) off. Watches too for that matter.
I'm forever amazed at how many different ways I can gouge, cut, scrape, burn, bruise or blister myself often leaving a trail of blood back to where I store the first aid kit. So I wear "Mechanics" gloves that I buy at Lowes. They are full finger, made of systhetic leather and cheap.
On my last sail, I was in the slip, had taken my gloves off and was putting things away and somehow whacked my left hand pinkie and spewed blood all over the place, which if not cleaned right away becomes a chore to get rid of. I wouldn't want to do that on someone else's boat.
When sailing in wet weather, you do a lot of sitting on wet surfaces and a lot of department store gear will not keep your bum dry and that is where good sailing pants come in to play, they are even better than hiking gear for keeping your tush dry.
Don't skimp on this stuff for your wife. You will appreciate it later.
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For me... i have gloves; i hardly use them for line handling. Just cold/cool weather. Nothing worse than cold hands and trying to function.
Foul weather gear... a must, any will do. For coastal sailing in warm weather something light and weatherproof, and remember to layer underneath. Bring fleece and long johns. You would be surprised how cool things can get fast.
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As far as heading in if inclement weather heads in; i hope not, your there to learn. Take advantage of it. Nothing like large swells and waves to get your blood pumping. The bigger the better.
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Police gloves are nice you can still fell everthing and they get a good grip. It gets hard to get used to wearing gloves in warm weather but they work great for grabbing stuff if your hands are sweating. The police use them all year.
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Re: A simple gear question for a new sailor

You've been given some useful advice, and there is little I can add.

I find that the only time I use gloves is when working on the anchor and chain, when I consider it a must to wear them. Otherwise, it will depend on the number of tacks or gybes you'll do in a given time... If you are using self-tailing winches, there is also less need to handle lines and protect your hands.

Best of luck and enjoy!
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My anchor winch solves any anchor handling problems. Don't need gloves for that .Good sheet winches eliminate the need for them for line handling.

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I have some very thin rowing gloves. They have fine mesh on the back of the hand, protecting me from sun burn as well (I'm rather sensitive to the sun). They're not for really hard work, but the fake leather palms really protect the hands well, and allows you to grip even when wet (they don't get "slimey" when wet. They are full fingered. I don't like 3/4 length gloves.

I don't have enough posts to post a link, but if you do a search for "Rowtex gloves", you should find them.

Edit: I notice after doing the above search, that they now also have a winter version. I don't have those. I only have the summer version.
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I have never felt the need for gloves, except when handling the anchor. We keep a pair of gardening gloves in the anchor well for that purpose.
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Gloves are a must, and something to keep the wet off you, like rain pants and coat. A change of socks and sailing boot's would be nice. Might want to ask the skipper what he would recommend.

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