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Old 27 April 2015, 16:18   #11
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Our Scottish friends probably wear their kilts under theirs
And commando!
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Old 27 April 2015, 16:33   #12
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And a commando!
That's worrying
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That's worrying

Who for ....now that's the question!!


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Old 27 April 2015, 17:09   #14
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Whoever has got a commando under their kilt I should imagine.......
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At the risk changing the subject a bit, I don't possess a drysuit. I just wear normal clothes, then a sailing jacket + LJ on top, and if it is wet, waterproof trousers as well.

So my question is do people wear drysuits for comfort, warmth or safety? This is for leisure use, and I understand those that go to sea for a living have different requirements.
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At the risk changing the subject a bit, I don't possess a drysuit. I just wear normal clothes, then a sailing jacket + LJ on top, and if it is wet, waterproof trousers as well.

So my question is do people wear drysuits for comfort, warmth or safety? This is for leisure use, and I understand those that go to sea for a living have different requirements.
Drysuit is very handy bit of kit either for launching . Mooring up and getting back ashore or just keeping dry
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Mid layer - cheap micro fleece probably builders again
Top layer - fishing all in one

This is a very cheap way of doing it. Please add on a scaling factor for; "technical diving", "marine grade", "ballistic nylon", "professional" I don't do bosthandling every day so don't need all that wallet emptying stuff.


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At the risk changing the subject a bit, I don't possess a drysuit. I just wear normal clothes, then a sailing jacket + LJ on top, and if it is wet, waterproof trousers as well.

So my question is do people wear drysuits for comfort, warmth or safety? This is for leisure use, and I understand those that go to sea for a living have different requirements.
It's horses for courses. If it's a nice sunny day & we're going out macky bashing for a couple of hours, then it's t shirt, shorts, flip flops, old windproof jacket that doesn't matter if it gets covered in fish blood & guts & a fleece in a dry bag in case it turns chilly. If we are crossing the Irish Sea for a weekend in Dublin, or setting off around Mull, then it's Full Metal Jacket. A dry suit is warm, dry & as Mick says, makes launching, recovery, wading ashore much more comfortable & if it gets really snotty makes getting wet one less thing to worry about. Even the best sailing gear will let water in eventually.
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If it's a warm sunny day, would the water not be reasonably calm and therefore no need for a drysuit unless your racing a zapcat? A waterproof boat suit is usually summer fare. I only say this because I made the mistake of using my normal clothes under a drysuit. It was a hot day and eventually I took off my sweat top underneath and was left in a t shirt and jeans underneath. Trouble is I ended up in the water as part of an exercise and it was absolutely freezing. Best thing is a thin summer under suit and a thick winter one. If your not going diving or sinking it will make you sweat like a pig. Not always straightforward when the to comes to dressing for the conditions in summer. The KNRM in Curaçao used to wear shorts and tee shirts!
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So my question is do people wear drysuits for comfort, warmth or safety? This is for leisure use, and I understand those that go to sea for a living have different requirements.
I wear a drysuit when going out to sea, it makes getting waves over you as pleasant as can possibly be, no cold water running down your neck or sleeves. When I did my Advanced test we were taking waves right over the boat and the two guys in oilies got a soaking, the two of us in drysuits were fine.

I've got the Musto HPX and it has a really high collar which initially looks silly until you pull it up in bad weather, it comes right up to underneath your nose, with the hood cinched down, and a pair of goggles and gloves on there is next to no skin visible to get cold and wet.

I also wear a heavy duty drysuit for my work as crew on a new rescue boat, Sunday night we came across a growing bankside fire in the undergrowth, with a drysuit on I was able to go ashore, get buckets filled and put the fire out, without worrying that the water was above where a set of sailing boots would normally end and then have to spend the rest of the night in cold wet boots and legs.
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