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Old 01 November 2010, 15:50   #11
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ICE-SAR are getting away from floatation suits to dry suits and with appropriate insulation gear, not the cheapest way but a lot more comfortable.

Myself have two piece dry suit from Ursuk and that suit is just greatest one I have had.
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Old 01 November 2010, 16:21   #12
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just been through this meself, have a look at this thread
i bought me and the wife fladen 1 piece suits this season at 70 each well worth it.
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Old 01 November 2010, 17:19   #13
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She not worth spending a couple hundred quid on a dry-suit then?

It's the only sensible option I think, can't see anything else protecting against cold shock or prolonged (ie more than 10-15 mins) immersion.

Saying that a wet suit could be a possible, much cheaper but not particularly suited to spending the day topside
A flotation suit should do a pretty good job at preventing cold shock. They are designed to let the water in slowly thus preventing the shock aspect and then trap it within (like a wetsuit) keeping you warm. I believe they are the normal choice for people driving skido's across frozen lakes etc.

If you are intentionally going out in really shitty weather, or like Bogi's team need to be out no matter what, or plan to go in the water, or are going out regularly then a dry suit may be a perfectly sensible solution. If you are an occasional winter boater (like the OP's wife) a flotation suit may be perfectly adequate. If she's the sort of woman who is a regular visitor to toilets then a two piece may be more practical.

Whilst bogi has gone down the dry suit route for comfort - my experience is unless you spend lots of money (300+) on a dry suit or actually get seriously soaked regularly then a flotation suit for significantly less than 100 is a better choice for comfort and value. The float suit is also much less likely to need repaired.
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If you are intentionally going out in really shitty weather, or like Bogi's team need to be out no matter what, or plan to go in the water, or are going out regularly then a dry suit may be a perfectly sensible solution. If you are an occasional winter boater (like the OP's wife) a flotation suit may be perfectly adequate. If she's the sort of woman who is a regular visitor to toilets then a two piece may be more practical.
I dont inted on going out in really crappy weather, just when we get nice sunny days, even if bloody cold through the winter.

I will have a look at floatation suits as that would probably be best then, especially as its only going to be a few outings, unlike myself who launches whenever i'm off work, weather permitting and that she doesnt intend on getting wet one little bit.

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I dont inted on going out in really crappy weather, just when we get nice sunny days, even if bloody cold through the winter.

I will have a look at floatation suits as that would probably be best then, especially as its only going to be a few outings, unlike myself who launches whenever i'm off work, weather permitting and that she doesnt intend on getting wet one little bit.

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That's much like me - can't be bothered going out in crappy weather in the middle of winter as it's not really fun. So I wear a Fladen most of the time and it is excellent, have had mine for about 3 years now I think and quite a bit of use and apart from the fact that it is a bit grubby on the yellow bits it is still fine. I haven't washed it as I think it may ruin the waterproofing a bit, but as it is starting to smell like a pair of armoured trousers after the 100 years war, I guess I may have to soon

Haven't been in the water, don't intend to, but if I fall in I have a mobile in an aquapac, and a handheld VHF, and reasonable confidence that the suit will keep me going until help arrives as they claim up to 6hrs survival in 5 deg C water which is about what we have here.

The only significant drawbacks are that it is no good for getting wet in when launching (solution: improve launching technique!) and I wouldn't like to try and swim far in it but that isn't really an issue for me anyway.
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Hi Actions

Another make to consider in the flotation suit market is the Mullion Aquafloat Classic.....

http://www.chmarine.com/acatalog/Mul...ion_Suits.html

We use (abuse) them extensively in the North Sea for working on deck and manning the FRC's (fast rescue craft).

We changed from Fladen suits which are very good but we found that the Mullions lasted longer under the same arduous conditions they were subjected to.

You should not pay more then 90 pounds for a 'Classic' but when you actually see and use the product, you will find it hard to believe that it can be produced for under 100quid.....very very good quality.

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That's much like me - can't be bothered going out in crappy weather in the middle of winter as it's not really fun. So I wear a Fladen most of the time and it is excellent, have had mine for about 3 years now I think and quite a bit of use and apart from the fact that it is a bit grubby on the yellow bits it is still fine.
Just looked the Fladen suit up, this could be the way forward i think, within budget and perfect for the wife. mailspeed marine is 105, sound about right?

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Another make to consider in the flotation suit market is the Mullion Aquafloat Classic.....

http://www.chmarine.com/acatalog/Mul...ion_Suits.html

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Cheers Simon, Having a peek now, Matt.
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Just looked the Fladen suit up, this could be the way forward i think, within budget and perfect for the wife. mailspeed marine is 105, sound about right?

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Ignore that price, just found them cheaper here http://www.cheaplifejackets.co.uk/fl...uits-c-23.html

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When the family comes out in the Winter on the cold but clear days, they wear their ski suits (as in snow) and thermal layers underneath. They are very warm, splash proof and did not need to buy additional gear. Whilst I know they dont have the floatation attributes, the weather and the actions of the helm, should mean the chances of going in are minimal. Plus lots of people on board to recover them from the water quickly.

If and when I go out on my own, I wear a dry suit with wooly bear underneath.
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