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Old 27 November 2012, 18:28   #41
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Agree, and I am guilty of thread drift too.

Back to the OP, in the summer if its nice I will wade in in shorts and flip flops. The rest of the time I wear these Ron Thompson Neo-Force Waders (Cleated 40/41, UK shoe size 6/7) | GO Outdoors

The reason why I prefer waders is I have a newish car and it is easy to jump out of these quickly to drive the boat and trailer up the slip after launching/recovery without getting saltwater in the car. Did it once in a rush in a drysuit with my wellies on and the wells were full of water when I sat down all the salt water in the wellies went all over the foot well....not good and stains

I suppose a drysuit is safer if you tend to launch in deep water in case you slip over. You will struggle to get up if your waders fill up. As I know the depth of my rib I am never more than knee height when launching/recovering.

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That's great thanks will go that route rather than a 300 pound dry suit! Will just have to make sure I don't fall over!!

As I've said new to all this stuff have been spoilt in the past all the ribs I've been on have been from floating berths! Which I can't afford!! So having to get to grips with launch / recovery etc

Thanks for all the replies makes and interesting read! I don't think I will be throwing myself in at speed though
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Old 28 November 2012, 03:22   #42
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Dry suit every time for me ! I am a all year round all weather user and find the dry suit the best and never leaks, it's warm in the winter and cooler in the one day of summer . You can add or remove under clothing at anytime but when you have a wet suit on that's not a option
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I'd agree. Unless you're loaded, intending to go out for hours in heavy weather or attempt long cruises/offshore trips or launch daily in winter a dry suit is an extravagance in my eyes.

A decent sailing jacket, fleece, wellies and trousers are far more versatile/leisure friendly when stopping off at places, removing some of them when the sun comes out and using for other purposes in life like walking.

I personally use sailing jacket, fleece, cheap waterproof trousers, waterproof north face walking trainers and sealskinz waterproof socks.

We cruise and stop off at pubs, beaches and towns, you look a bit of a ???? In a full dry suit.

Dry suits are fairly extreme for a general open boat user.

Waders are a handy option for launching, though wellies will normally suffice. If you have a roller trailer and are at an ok slip, you shouldn't need to get feet wet!!!

Welcome by the way, enjoy your boating and make an informed decision based on all these comments. Only you know what's worth spending your hard earned dollar on and what would work for you.
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Simple - Wet suit in summer & Dry Suit in winter (Check e-bay for a s/hand one)
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That's just the kind of thing I mean - I also used to wear your girlfriend's tights when you were out fishing...



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Yeah, I get that too sometimes - we have more in common than I realised.
That's just the kind of thing I mean - I also used to wear your girlfriend's tights when you were out fishing...

you just dont need any encouragement
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Drysuits are ok but are not intended for long-term immersion;
Mmm why do some white water kayakers wear them then.

The OP mentioned for winter launching so ribbing in winter for me a dry suit is a must neoprene neck and cuffs are more comfy and probably better for boat use although latex does give a much better seal against water ingress. I also disagree with another members comment that latex perishes in a short time my suit is 4 years old and looked after, the latex is as good now as the day I bought the suit.
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Your gonna regret that question as all the usual comedians will pounce on it
Funny that!! there has been no mention of B.S. suits since this comment
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Funny that!! there has been no mention of B.S. suits since this comment
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Tend to use neoprene thigh waders & sailing jacket when beach launching
for inshore boat angling and typhoon breathable drysuit for offshore use
I find my neoprene diving suit a bit heavy for surface boat handling
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