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Old 16 December 2003, 07:55   #1
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Drysuits and frustration!

Frustation first! My delivery slot has slipped from end January to "sometime in March"! Grrrr! something to do with Suzuki not having their "new" engines available till then! Oh well!
Now, more importantly, can someone enlighten me on the issue of drysuits? I was a diver (many moons ago) and understand diving drysuits, indeed still have my old membrane suit somewhere. Unfortunately, due to indulging in life's little pleasures I will no longer fit into it! I see that "sailing" drysuits are advertised as "breathable". I don't want breathable, I want a suit to keep me warm and snug, not only during my time aboard the RIB in winter, but also should I exhibit my usual sense of balance and end up in the oggin! So, am I looking at a typical "rear entry" (Ooo er Vicar) diving suit, without valves, or are these "breathable" type suits magically water proof when I hit the drink? Any advice gratefully received!
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Old 16 December 2003, 07:57   #2
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eek!

Jono, when and how did you hear about the delivery slippage on the 250?
Sorry, not got a clue on the drysuit question.
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Old 16 December 2003, 08:23   #3
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Quote from my boat builder!

"Outboard motor – As this is a new model we have been advised that they are not due into the country until March. Is this OK."

No it's NOT okay! I want my boat now!!!

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I have been told my delivery for the engine is March, but was told this three months ago. I believe the 250/4 were never due before March. To be followed by the 225/4 then the 200/4.
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Old 16 December 2003, 08:37   #5
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To be fair to Humber (top people to deal with, by-the-way), I originally wanted a 6.3 with a DF140, which grew to a 6.3 with 120 Mercruiser then 6.3 with 200 and eventually ended up as 7.0 with 250! When there's two of you buying it's very easy to get carried away! So, the original delivery date was never updated as the requirements grew. I just want my boat now!!!
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Back to drysuits . . .

You do want a breathable drysuit. If you wear a non-breathable dry suit for any length of time on a RIB you will end up soaked in sweat!

Breathable drysuits will keep you dry in the water -- that's why they are called drysuits!

I prefer a back zip, but most people seem to go for big diagonal front zips. Wherever you have your main zip, do be sure to get a fly zip too.

The other choice is hard boots, latex booties or ankle cuff seals. In my opinion hard boots are way ahead of the other choices, but some other people seem to prefer latex booties and a pair of smelly trainers or wellies. Beats me why!

Top favourite drysuit for ribbing seems to be Ravenspring at the moment, although the (expensive) Musto HPX takes some beating. Typhoon are another one worth a look.

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Breathable or sweaty?

Errm, Breathable drysuits are still dry. (moisture out but not in) If you end up in the 'oggin you stay dry. What you dont get is any thermal insulation at all - that has to come from what you wear underneath - layers of technical fabric (fleeces etc) if you are doing it properly or your Dinner Jacket if you are doing your James Bond impression. Ravensprings for example are breathable and having been fully immersed in mine I can confirm they are completely waterproof!

Non breathable are cheaper but effectively you are wearing a big plastic bag and they can get a bit hot, sweaty and niffy! An unlike a diving drysuit with valves to equalise pressure once you fart it stays in there until you take it off! (Although its probably kinder to your crew in that respect!)


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Thanks for the info on the Suzuki, I am now checking with my supplier as my boat was due 1st week in march, no good with out the engine......If it is true, it looks like I will be Ribless for a while. reading the forums, the Ribless situation seems to be an epedemic !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On the subject of Dry suits, why not go for a Survival suit from Cosalt, @ £75 and learn not to fall in. These suits are fantastic and you will not get cold. Worth carrying one as a spare just incase someone does land in the drink and they need to warm up.
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Go for the new TYPHOON WOSS . The whole top is yellow and fully breathable. The suit has a front diagonal zip so no need to have a seperate fly zip. It is also fitted with hard boots
checkout www.typhoon-int.co.uk
This is the same suit as the RNLI are using only they have the seams taped
I would say the best dry suit available for ribbing

or you could go for the RACER but front entry . this is fully breathable , glide skin neck and cuff seals , latex socks , internal braces and comes with a 3 year warranty on workmanship

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Drysuits may be called drysuits and waterproof oversuits may be called waterproof, but as a well seasoned all year round motorcyclist, I can assure you that calling it so, don't necessarily make it so........
Have just looked at the suits recommended on the web and will probably go for one of the “breathable” types then!
Thanks for replies, chaps.
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