Of course in my little boat I'm not out in massive seas, but being a smaller boat it does get fun (wet) at times. I also often go out when the temperature is sub-zero, and I can tell you I've never felt cold yet, due to good clothing. We also take a flask of hot soup out with us, and plenty of emergency chocolate rations. I can tell you that sat out in the Dornoch Firth on a freezing but calm sunny day, looking at the snow covered mountains, hearing nothing but the sound of water lapping at the tubes, whilst drinking piping hot chicken and mushroom soup
, is what ribbing is all about. However, one thing that has not been mentioned yet (I think) is gloves.
The first few times I went out I did not have gloves. it was mid winter and my hands got wet and very cold. Then my eldest daughter (marine biologist and diver) brought me a pair of neoprene diving gloves. They are fantastic. Warm, dry and you can still easily use your fingers for fairly fiddly things. Last week when out in sub-zero temperatures I was easily able to operate my new Garmin12 GPS (yes, Santa did bring it for me) whilst wearing the gloves.
Keith (warm hands) Hart