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Old 04 November 2017, 08:27   #1
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i would welcome suggestions for best clothing to keep me warm and dry while ribbing ?
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Old 04 November 2017, 09:14   #2
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Ive tried everything and it's dry suit for me with desent under clothing that's comfy
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I just did a stint of safety cover for a construction site 12 hour shifts sitting in an open boat in all weather's and I wore a regatta offshore work suit that I acquired some time ago and I was very impressed it has 50n inbuilt buoyancy and kept me warm despite 2 days of constant rain
200 quid but cheaper than a drysuit and no cuffs to chafe you neck and wrist
Quite easy to take a pee too which I find is a problem for a drysuit no our own boat assuming I'm not expecting to get in the water I usually wear musto sailing coat and trousers with plenty layers under if. I'm going diving it's a drysuit surface water sports it's a wetsuit
There isn't one thing does all in terms of clothing it depends what your doing

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Old 04 November 2017, 10:49   #4
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Chafe doesn't happen if you talc up and have 3 MM neoprene seals and a front entry zip so you can dress your self the plastic zips travel well too for ease. The good thing with dry suits you can wade ashore and stay bone dry I had mine made as I wanted it for 400 with breathable material.
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Old 04 November 2017, 11:24   #5
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imax suit

have seen the above suit on amazon, says for fishing but i wondered would it be suitable for ribbing ?
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Surface Drysuits - Seaskin Custom Diving Suits

The I max looks to be a good suit with boots on which you need don't get steel toe capped ones they are cold, it's front entry so easy to get on/off you just need to open the bottom for a pee. And it's breathable for 400 a decent suit.
I've had dozens of suits being a commercial diver and sat in them for hours on end the one thing for me is made to measure and having the extra room for clothing,movement and weight gain if you look after them they will last years. I have one 30 years old doesn't look pretty but is still dry.
The link above is where I got my last one for sibing a rescue suit delta for a comparison.
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I still have a Mullion X5000 flotation suit for sale if it's of interest
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An onepiece suite is the best to keep you warm. The Regatta suit and the Mullion X5000 are good options. The suit must be windproof and waterproof. Furthermore it must have a hood. The biggest heatloss comes from your head.

Under the onepiece suite you should wear wool. Wool keeps you warm even when it gets wet. Wool is kind of a natural wetsuit that keeps the water close to your body at the same temrature as your body. However, the best is not to get wet or sweaty. If you get hot, the best way to regulate your body temperaturer is to expose your head to the cold or wind.

I’ve never tried a drysuit when sib’ing, but I guess a good drysuit does the same trick as a wind and waterproof onesuit.
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I have a fladen 2 piece flotation suit that if I'm getting into the boat from a pontoon ie staying out of the water is very warm if I have to wade into water to get aboard its either my peak storm dry pants with the fladen jacket with joggies and a fleece underneath or a typhoon hinge drysuit with wooly bear and thin base layers warm socks are a must with dry pants or dry suits
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I have normal gortex suit but for winter cold I have a two piece Mullion suit
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I have a fladen 2 piece flotation suit that if I'm getting into the boat from a pontoon ie staying out of the water is very warm
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....and you can get away with just the jacket if the weather's nice or you're going for lunch.
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have seen the above suit on amazon, says for fishing but i wondered would it be suitable for ribbing ?
The wife uses one - works perfectly for us.
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Two piece works fine, but onepiece is better.
The downside of the one piece is when you get off the boat to go for a walk round some island or to the pub for lunch.
The Fladden suits have "bib" trousers so you do get a good overlap and no draft round your waist. (Too many pockets, I can never find where I've put things but that might just be my age)

If you're not getting off the boat then, yes the one piece is probably a bit more comfortable.
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Possibly worth mentioning that the one piece is "rated" as an immersion suit and the two piece really isn't. So, if you fall in the oggin....


FWIW, I had a Fladen one piece for years and it wasn't worth a f##k over a long rainy/splashy day. It leaked fairly quickly and was, IMO, a liability as survival gear. I prefer good quality sailing kit or a surface drysuit, depending.
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Another vote from me for the two piece fladen system - bib and brace trousers with the seperate jacket. Warm and dry and durable and cheap. I wash mine once a year and give it a douse of waterproofer if I can be bothered. Good size and location pockets and decent sizes with long enough arms etc.

Cant fault them for the money.

From experience I would to avoid the one piece version - its a pain to get on and off, its too hot on all but the coldest of days and you don't have the option of only wearing the jacket.
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i would welcome suggestions for best clothing to keep me warm and dry while ribbing ?
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Just for interest to youself and maybe others I bought an entry level musto dinghy breathable drysuit late last season for 199, from marine superstore ,I believe the still have some l and xl at same price , must confess never worn on the water yet but don't think I could fault them at the money ,
as I have a 50 inch chest at 5 foot 7 it fitted great on the top (xl) but was way too long with feet that were suitable for a giant ,hence the second part of the story ,, I took it to Hammond drysuits (just over the QE2 bridge in Dartford kent) who do alterations for musto and others as well as manufacture their own suits ..........well what a reception I received ,absolutely stunning people ,nothing too much trouble ,shortened legs by 6" and replaced feet with smaller for a fair price ,ended up with a breathable suit for 275 that fits perfect , well worth a visit if your that way ,nice showroom and only 10 minutes off the m25
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thankyou all for the info and comments. its gratifying to know there are guys out there..
i am not alone...
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