Originally Posted by Bam Bam
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!!!
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!
Originally Posted by m chappelow
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.