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Old 03 October 2010, 17:22   #11
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Keep going, some of the best leisure trips we have had, have been in the Winter months. The last 3 New Years day's have been out on the water, you virtually have it to yourself and a great hang over cure!
Like most things, a boat used regularly is better than being laid up for long periods. Proper preparation and good quality protection is key, once cold it is very difficult to warm up out on the water. Your feet, hands, head and face need protection, these normally get ignored in the summer. And dont forget the sun cream on very clear days!
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Old 03 October 2010, 17:25   #12
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Keep going - I usually get out ribbin and diving every month of the year
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Old 03 October 2010, 17:26   #13
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Keep going - I usually get out ribbin and diving every month of the year
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Whitby in winter!!!!! You're a better man than me
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I did pb2 on a feb day with snow on the tops of the mountains but sunny and no wind or rain. I had a 2 t shirts, berghaus fleece and berghaus waterproof walking goretex jacket. At 20 mph the cold ripped through in 30 seconds and my hands in cotton gloves just died. Had to go back to the marina and get a decent thick winter boating jacket. It quite surprised me!!

Glorious flat weather though.
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Old 03 October 2010, 17:45   #15
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Clothing

Further to HP's observations, clothing is key. Typically I use thermal "longs" (v.sexy ), warm shirt, fleece, hat/s, buff, ski gloves and a Fladen immersion suit to top it off. Walking boots and socks provide good foot protection.

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Old 03 October 2010, 18:03   #16
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Further to HP's observations, clothing is key. Typically I use thermal "longs" (v.sexy ), warm shirt, fleece, hat/s, buff, ski gloves and a Fladen immersion suit to top it off. Walking boots and socks provide good foot protection.
Years ago when I was a commercial fisherman, we used to keep our legs warm by wearing tights; yes, the kind you might find in your lady wife's chest of drawers. We also wore a towel around our necks fastened with an elastic band or tied in a knot. In my experience the cold is as big a danger at sea as anything else. With the cold comes tiredness, confusion, poor self-monitoring and the ability to use your hands. We were lucky back on the boats as we often had twin exhausts coming up through the deck and venting over the top of the wheel house. We used to hug these between strings of pots in order to keep warm.
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We work all winter too.....as has been said, some of the best boating to be had IMO.

SPX100 undersuit and ex RNLI drysuit. Fleece balaclava, ski goggles and neoprene gloves....

But, also have a pair of Gil helms gloves....toasty warm...swap between the neoprene and these depending on what we're doing.

Always carry a flask of something hot....one of the scientists brings along those instant warm coffee things....it's all the packaging that puts me off. Plus, I enjoy playing 'mother' serving tea

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Keep it going... You wont regret it! We've had some GREAT days out in the winter months,less traffic on the roads,easy launching and fewer holidaymakers to get in the way too!Not TOO sure about encourageing Wilk with his Balaclava wearing though!!
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This winter is the first winter I haven't been out regularly, but in my defence I didn't have a boat!

I wear a one piece Fladen suit, sometimes with a fleece underneath (depends how cold it is - the Fladen over just a t-shirt is warm enough most of the time - they are amazing suits and you very quickly cook inside them if you wear too much!).

Hands live in Thinsulate thermal gloves (not waterproof, but very warm and in the winter you tend not to do it in weather that sees lots of water coming over the side), and feet are a pair of thick thermal socks inside wellies, as otherwise your feet really suffer after an hour or so.

I have a Save Phace for really cold days or going into stinging rain, but normally don't bother with it, wind in the face is what blows the cobwebs away
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Old 04 October 2010, 06:29   #20
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Here is the cheap version of a Save Phace, but just remember to take it off before going ashore.

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