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02-08-2013 07:45 PM
tdw
Re: Clothing for sailing in cool or cold weather.

I don't like synthetics next to my skin, bought a set of silk pants and top from I think Cabelas. Not terribly expensive and does the job nicely, warmth wise.

Other than that Possum fur socks, gloves and beanie. Lovely.
02-08-2013 07:20 PM
kellysails
Re: Clothing for sailing in cool or cold weather.

Quote:
Originally Posted by northoceanbeach View Post
I have only sailed in tropical weather, barefoot.

What kind of gear do I need for air temps between 30-70 water 40-55?
Sorry you have to make the transition. I am trying to do the opposite, hopefully I'll get 'er done in the next few years.
02-08-2013 07:11 PM
kellysails
Re: Clothing for sailing in cool or cold weather.

Layers and layers of decent quality clothing works great. It does not need to be expensive Marine wear except for a decent mid level coat and maybe some bibs. I have a non-breathable heavy coat that I got at a reasonable cost. When you get into breathable fabrics it can get $$$$. With my layers I rarely use my heavy coat, just a decent wind breaker shell on the outside layer. When it really starts to get nasty then I just pop on the coat. Make sure the coat is one or two sizes larger due to the layers. Balaclava thermal headgear is great! Ski shops in off seasons have great pricing for that.

For coat and bibs I would hit up the boat shows on the last few days of the event, extra savings there.
02-08-2013 01:23 PM
johnnyquest37
Re: Clothing for sailing in cool or cold weather.

I agree with layering. When I lived in BC, we'd often sail in full-body floation suits like this: Deluxe Anti-Exposure Coverall and Worksuit MS2175. Expensive, but they kept you warm and you sleep in them like a sleeping bag.
02-08-2013 01:05 PM
jrd22
Re: Clothing for sailing in cool or cold weather.

Take everything you have, add a ridiculous amount of fleece stuff, hand warmers and hats and gloves and skiing face protectors and... you'll still be cold. It's called payback for living in Hawaii and laughing at all of us pale bodies when we come visit you in paradise:-))
02-08-2013 12:42 PM
northoceanbeach
Re: Clothing for sailing in cool or cold weather.

Good stuff. I put the water temperatures because for all I know some high end foul gear factors that in for for spray or if you fall in. Maybe some kind of wetsuit material
02-08-2013 05:05 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Clothing for sailing in cool or cold weather.

Quote:
Originally Posted by northoceanbeach View Post
....What kind of gear do I need for air temps between 30-70 water 40-55?.....
That's a big air temp range. At 70 degs, I'm in shorts and barefoot, particularly if sunny. At 30, I'm in the bar telling sailing stories.

If you're going to get wet, you're going to get cold at any of these temps. But, if that's not a significant concern, I find long pants and a fleece that I can zip up around my neck is fine down to about 60 degs, while underway, and 50 degs while at anchor. Sailing in the 50s requires a mid-weight foulie. Below that, I got nothing, cuz I don't want to be there. I've done it, but only because I had to do a delivery.

Those water temps should be your real concern. You will have minutes before you start to become stiff and around an hour before death. Your focus should be on tethers, etc, to keep from being in it or having a raft, if you must abandon ship.
02-08-2013 01:51 AM
jackdale
Re: Clothing for sailing in cool or cold weather.

My preferred set up

Polypropylene underwear and socks
Fleece
Breathable waterproof foulies ( I wear Helly Hansen Offshore bib pants and a Gill Atlantic jacket)
Breathable boots ( I pamper myself with Dubarry)
Rubber work gloves with liners (I have a couple of pair of Helley Hansen liners)
A watchcap (or as we say in Canada a toque)

Grundens are for guys who work with fish guts.

In cool weather forget the Tilley and fingerless gloves. Those are warm weather gear.

OK - I do this semi-professionally.
02-08-2013 12:47 AM
chef2sail
Re: Clothing for sailing in cool or cold weather.

Layers multiple breathable layers. Some marine wear is good, but LL bean and many other sell good stuff too. Like Chef said ski appareal is good. No need to spend marine buckets on the under layers

I have found the marine clothing I buy have been various weight jackets and a good set of foul weather gear. A good pair of foul weather gear is worth the extra money from the cheaper kinds. It will have taped zipperes and pockets and many of them. It will breath as well as double zobbers. It can almost seal you inside too.

Jackets need to be breathable and also windresistant. I have summer ones as well as fall ones.

Shoes- skid residstant, breathable and mesh for hot weather, keanes, etc. Leather for cold weather and a good pair of marine boots.

Take you time buy stiff as you will accumulate it. Look for sales at the ends of seasons, boat shows etc.
02-07-2013 11:35 PM
pdqaltair
Re: Clothing for sailing in cool or cold weather.

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Originally Posted by Brent Swain View Post
I've been cruising the BC coast year round for most of the last 40 years. A jacket big enough to wear a life jacket under keeps you warm in the coldest of weather, if you wear a life jacket under it.....
I'm sure you know...

... This means a non-inflatable PFD. You really don't want an inflatable going on under a jacket. Breathing becomes a real impossibility.
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