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Old 27 March 2006, 05:50   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: Torbay
Boat name: Loupy Lou
Make: Yamaha 480R
Length: 4m +
Engine: 50HP
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 147

What does the average rib rider, pilot wear when they are out on their rib? I've been looking at some new gear but has anybody got any tips? I currently wear a couple of layers, at least one fleece topped off by my old kayak dry top with neoprene collar & cuffs.

I ve been looking at the new Musto range any ideas or tips

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Old 27 March 2006, 06:00   #2
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Country: UK - England
Town: Cowes, Isle of Wight
Boat name: Ditherer
Make: Avon Adventure 620
Length: 6m +
Engine: Optimax 135
MMSI: 235032203
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 1,638
I have just ot one of these. Pricey but nice:

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Old 27 March 2006, 06:20   #3
Country: UK - England
Town: Cowes
Boat name: Tabby Cat
Make: Halmatic
Length: 7m +
Engine: 2 x Yamaha 115
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 388
I wear Musto and have done for years. Remember that they will only keep you dry and therefore underlayers will be needed.

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Old 27 March 2006, 06:30   #4
Country: UK - Scotland
Town: fife
Make: Humber / searider
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at this time of year.....

was out on last Thursday all day in Gill off shore jacket and a pair of shorts…
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Old 27 March 2006, 06:31   #5
Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Glasgow
Boat name: The Black Pearl
Make: BRIG F400S
Length: 4m +
Engine: 40HP E-TEC
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 91
Hi there,
I have two options at this time of year, generally I'll wear my GIL drysuit - it's front entry so nice and easy to get into single handedly and it's made from fabric which can breathe - a bit like goretex. I wear Fourth Element dive baselayer as an undersuit and that keeps me nice and warm. I just use wetsuit boots over the drysuit socks. If I'm not going to be in the water i.e. if I've left my boat on a pontoon or am launching from a slip with a steep incline (the slip that I normally use is an old naval slip and is therefore huge with a shallow gradient - I have to push the trailer in a long way to float the boat off) I'll wear the same baselayer, jeans and a fleece and waterproof GUL salopettes and a good waterproof jacket. Wellies on the feet (I use wellies with deck soles which dont have deep grips which stones / grit can catch in which could damage your sponsons as you are stepping in/out the RIB)

Gloves a hat and neckwarmer are also important!

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Old 27 March 2006, 10:44   #6
Country: UK - Wales
Town: Pwllheli
Length: no boat
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I generally wear my drysuit with a jacket on over, unless it's a nice day where i tend to wear my hi-fit trousers with a light-weight smock on top

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