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Old 01 January 2002, 06:51   #1
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Appropriate Clothing

With the boat show upon us, and the prospect of some bargain goodies, just asking what seems to be the preferred clothing for RIB use.

I currently use a 'diving' dry suit, but confess it looks a little OTT on a 4 mtre RIB and can get warm (must get the fly zip fitted!). I understand it may depend on the weather and intended use, but do most RIBSTERS here wear dry suits, or two piece waterproofs?

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Old 01 January 2002, 09:13   #2
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Hi Chris,

I use both. I have a Marinepool 2 piece and a Ranvenspring drysuit - with zip fly :-)

It also has moulded-on, neoprene lined, hard boots which are wonderful.

Both sets of gear are extremely good, just depends on what you're doing, where you're going and what the weather might do!

I recently did a Safety Boat course in freezing conditions and I could not have done without the dry suit with thermals on underneath.

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Old 01 January 2002, 09:45   #3
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I have both too............

You can't beat a drysuit for when conditions are really wet - especially in a smaller RIB!. I have a Ravenspring drysuit which is lightweight and breathable. 3 yrs old now and still seems in pretty good condition. The people at Ravenspring are really helpful too. I also agree with Nick about wearing a dry suit if you boat at this time of year. Drysuit and thermals might be the difference between life and death if you end up in the drink!

I also have a set of Musto sailing waterproofs - usual trousers/bib and jacket combo. In really cold/rough conditions I wear the jacket as well as the drysuit. The two piece is great for less arduous conditions and for the times when a drysuit is just too much hassle. Mind you on RB4 when after 8 days I got sick of wearing the drysuit I foolishly decided that conditions on the Ramsgate - Southampton leg couldn't be that bad and wore the waterproofs instead and got absolutely drenched. And that was on a 9m RIB too! You live an learn!

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Old 01 January 2002, 10:43   #4
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Are you saying that the Scorpion 9m Rib is a wet ride?
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Old 01 January 2002, 16:34   #5
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Thanks. Thats helpful.
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Old 01 January 2002, 18:40   #6
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Alan P..............

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Are you saying that the Scorpion 9m Rib is a wet ride?
Errrm, well yes, if you are doing 12-14kts in the English channel with a Force 5 on the nose they are very wet! At the time we were playing sweeper for the RB4 fleet hence the speed. At 25kts we'dve been bone dry!

The learning is that next time I'm in that situation I'll either sprint and drift or do big circles around the small boats whilst maintaining 20kts+!!

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I also have both dry & wet suits, but you dont have to wear a drysuit to stay dry (unless you go overboard). We used two piece breathable suits for RB4 and never got wet, even on the last leg. Most of the yottie-type makers now do really good stuff with good neck & wrist arrangements to stop the wet stuff getting in. It also means you can get it off quick to get into the pub when you get there. The drysuit does the job but is just so OTT for either mild weather or shorter runs.
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I have to declare an interest her before I start .

We sell Ravenspring and Gecko Kit off of our online RIB shop on www.powerboat.org.

Any thing sold on our website has been used by us extensively before we consider selling it . ( We have a reputation to lose ! )

We also tell manufacturers the real story rather than what they would like to hear !

In years as the main ( high volume ) seller of Ravenspring breathable drysuits in Ireland we have never had one single complaint . We also found that they actively listned to our suggestions for improvements and developments and worked with us to improve an already terrific product.

I think that the secret of their sucess in our field is that they cater for the Surface Operations rather than the Diving Market so the suit is specifically designed for RIB use . ie the suit doesn't try to be all things to all people .

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Old 10 January 2002, 05:21   #9
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Hello folks

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.

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I have found that neoprene gloves are fine until they get wet and absorb water . . The wind chill then cools the water on the gloves resulting in hands that are even colder than they were in the first place !

Solution .....Wear a cheap pair of woolly gloves (1 )or better still a cheap pair of Thinsulate lined woolly gloves (3) under the Light weight neoprene gloves . The wool gloves although wet through the neoprene insulate your hands from the cold wind chilled neoprene and Voila ! Warm Paws ! ( Sort of a woolly wet suit for your hands ) It also prevents your nands from getting neoprene stink !

I have looked at dry gloves but to be honest , the seals are either incredibly tight or else the gloves themselves are too bulky to be of use.

Best wishes ( and warm Mitts !)

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