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Old 19 July 2009, 17:53   #11
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Keep a look out on ebay I picked up a musto Hpx drysuit very cheap.
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Old 19 July 2009, 18:17   #12
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Looks like I may be parting with the cash for a front entry dry suit... hope the wife likes it???
I can tell you're going to fit right in here on Ribnet - JSP will be along in a minute to confirm that!
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Looks like I may be parting with the cash for a front entry dry suit...
If you go shop somewhere with plenty of choice, check out the rear zip suits as well...whilst the rear zip almost certainly requires a 'friend' to help, when you're sat on the boat the front zip can - for some people and for some suits - be uncomfortable.

I'm not trying to sway you one way or the other...just suggesting you keep an open mind, try several on and go with what works for you
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Old 20 July 2009, 03:06   #14
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I'm sure the wife will love it - as long as it's not too tight in the nether regions, otherwise you'll look worse than a ballet dancer!

Someone on this site knows exactly what I'm talking about! Oh, how I laughed!

Apologies for lowering the tone!

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Old 20 July 2009, 06:25   #15
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Can anybody recommend what type of clothing I need for cruising, bearing in mind the occasional leap into the water to launch and recover the boat. Do I need a wet suit or is a dry suit best? Is there anything else? Advice really needed by a novice ribster who decided to enjoy life and ditch the 28 foot gin palace. I've now got a big grin on me face! RIB's are ACE!!!

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You need whatever clothing you are comfortable in based on the prevailing conditions! Personally, I hate waterproofs and find dry suits extremely restrictive. I always teach students to wear whatever they are comfortable and warm in. You joked about jeans and t-shirt. Thats my normal ribbing attire and never had any problems!

Ou of interest, why do you intend to get in the water for launch and recovery? Would it not be simpler and more prudent to do a level 2 and learn to put your boat on the trailer properly rather than buying a drysuit for the purpose of manhandling it on?? I dont mean to sound confrontational but this would seem more obvious to me. In addition, in this case all you need is a good set of waterproofs and some decent wellies!

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if you go for a dry suit, front loaders are easier to put on ,than the zip across the back of the shoulders ,
I would defo not agree with this. Rear entry are a lot simpler to get into as they dont require as much contortion to get in and out of the downside being you need someone to zip you up.
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I can tell you're going to fit right in here on Ribnet - JSP will be along in a minute to confirm that!
For todays test please insert the words "Wife" or "Drysuit"

Fitting yourself into your ____ isn't very hard. And after putting yourself into your ____ your'll find it gets wider than you first thought!
The more you use your ____ your ____ will get wider even more.
Rear entry into your ____ can be a tight squeeze where as going in the front is easier. But sometimes just managing getting into the rear can give great pleasure once your in.

After a few years, make sure to replace your ____ for a younger model.

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Drysuit - breathable

Non breathables will cook in the summer, you'll get all sweaty, then when you take it off you'll stink. If you can buy new the world is your oyster look at;

Hammond
Ravenspring
Crewsaver

If the economic route is preferred look on eBay for ex-mod surface operation suits;
"SBS" "Royal Marines" usually in DDPM are not breathable but are very good suits - 35 - 55
Typhoon or Beaufort usually termed immersion suits yellow top black legs are breathable and are excellent. 70 - 120
Very rarely you'll see other stuff like RAF winch crew (my current choice) Breathable, padded knees and backside soft fabric. Not quite as robust as the others but excellent. 80-150

I'm surprised Ribnet has designed the ultimate virtual drysuit, there's enough opinion and respected theory here!
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I would defo not agree with this. Rear entry are a lot simpler to get into as they dont require as much contortion to get in and out of the downside being you need someone to zip you up.
I prefer a rear zip too. It's easier to get into and more comfortable. I thought I needed someone to zip me in and out until I needed to take it off on my own and discovered it wasn't very difficult.

Having worn dry suits for years I'm actually coming round to the idea of going back to a flotation suit. They don't keep the water out as well as a dry suit does, but they are more comfortable and much easier to put on and take off. They are significantly cheaper too.
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While we are talk about Drysuit and body got any idea how long it takes to stretch the latex neck seal on new drysuit.Have got a new one and dont want to cut seal ,currently I go purple when its on way too tight.

Wife is looking for her tupperware container back

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While we are talk about Drysuit and body got any idea how long it takes to stretch the latex neck seal on new drysuit.Have got a new one and dont want to cut seal ,currently I go purple when its on way too tight.

Wife is looking for her tupperware container back

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Think I've read about ramming a coke bottle in to stretch it. But I just cut mine. Not a hard job.
Watch out if it's too tight. When I first tried mine on I could get it back off again and struggled for what seem like an hour to get it off. Can be very dangerous.
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