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Old 21 July 2009, 09:10   #31
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. 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.
old trick of tying a longish loop of line or a long cable tye through the zipper loop helps if zipping up single handed ,
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Old 21 July 2009, 09:19   #32
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[QUOTE=MIRO Stewart;305475]

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!


it might be ok on a calm slipway ,but not if its an exposed beach launch /recovery and the surfs got up a bit ,where i launch its a sheltered slip but not when a ship is passing and the wash comes up to you chin ,mart
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Old 21 July 2009, 10:30   #33
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Wow! have you seen the price of front entry drysuits! Is it extra for the fly? LOL! Need one of those so price aint an issue but, where do I go to try one on before parting with the lolly?
You could try Divers warehouse.
They are in Bradford and not too far from you, come clean and tell them what it is for and they will let you try one.
If you are feeling brave they could make one to measure and omit the diving valves etc, this could make it cheaper and within your budget.
The owner, John Womac is a top geezer and is good at what he does.

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Old 21 July 2009, 10:44   #34
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I prefer drysuits, but they can get really uncomfortable in the summer so i have a pair of dry salopettes which work great look at www.aquatekdrysuits.co.uk for their drysuits and dry trousers/salopettes I have used them for years and cannot recommend them highly enough
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Old 21 July 2009, 11:14   #35
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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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would it be a beach or a slipway that you launch from? if it's a slip then you dont need to get wet!
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Old 21 July 2009, 12:04   #36
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would it be a beach or a slipway that you launch from? if it's a slip then you dont need to get wet!
Perhaps someone can explain how to achieve this
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I'd go for a lightweight dry suit, Typhoon do the Alpha (120 ish) and the Racer (180 ish) and would do just fine, slip it on ad off as required. Then sling it in a barrell / locker till you get back. I have an Alpha for summer suff and canoeing and it's great.

I use a Genisis from Polar Bears in the winter or if on longer rescue jobs(www.polarbears.co.uk) a great suit but a tad warm in the summer, but I move to Musto leggins for that when out playing.

I prefer rear entry (I own both types) but as has already been said front is easier to do on your own.

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Thanks for all the advice guy's, keep it coming because my options are still open as to what is best. I am also looking at safety/survival should the need arise. I've launched from beach and from slip, but it depends on the slip. Some slips are easy as mentioned by one of our friends above and yes, you can stay dry, while some slips demand you get wet. Not good in normal clothing when you want a good few hours out. I've done a few beach launches and they definitely require protection where where there is a need to manhandle the RIB out a little before you can get the leg down enough to get sufficient propulsion.

PS: Keep the humour up, it makes up a little for not being out on the water.
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I would be another vote for flotation suit, as I've not found neck and wrist seals very comfortable etc - and I generally am not planning to get wet. My wellies are 1" too short as I always seem to end up getting feet wet when launching (but they soon warm up).

If I was planning to go in the water or e.g. doing rescue cover then I would be more inclined toward wet/dry suit.

In nice weather, ordinary water proofs or ordinary clothes will be fine.

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another vote here for the flotation suit.......i use the mullion frc suit and have a few aquafloat classics for passengers. I have an offshore survival suit wich is similar to the musto drysuit but not the easiest thing to get back out of.....far prefer the frc suit

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