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Old 23 October 2002, 15:33   #1
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Keeping warm this winter

Would like to keep ribbing throughout most of the winter, however lets be honest it gets extremely cold

What would be of benefit is to try to reduce wind chill with a removable cover which goes from the bow up to a frame in front of console ( like a spray hood ) The cover could come up to just below eye level to give some protection

I notice batfalcon in his website has made such a cover & yet he lives in the med !

http://www.geocities.com/mandri/

Anybody else made up such a cover or know of any firms that sell this type of thing ?

Any other ideas to keeping sensibly warm ? for us paupers who cant afford a cabin rib
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Old 23 October 2002, 15:50   #2
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Geko helmets make all the difference...you look (and feel) a bit silly but silly with a nice cosey head and no spray in the eyes is a good thing!

Have been out today, a nice big swell, F5-6 yet warm and snug!

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Old 23 October 2002, 15:52   #3
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we've just bought some Fladden "expert" floatation suits for the school (and us). Used em last weekend, heavy frost overnight raw wind and a bit of rain for good measure. I'm stood there in drysuit thinking its time to revert to radio and first aid courses and said to clients "b****y cold isnt it". Unanimous reply from depths of hooded suits was "no not really!". Suits described by clients as the Dog's whatsits and as the real business. 2year waterproof guarantee
Having said that they're not breathable so they can get a bit damp inside and then that will get cold, but absolutely dead impressed so far. Prices were 89.99 for one piece suit and 119.99 for the two piece. We bought some of each.
(no we are not on any commision!!- just dead impressed)
I'll put some pics on when we have a film to develop (must buy wife digi camera for birthday!!)
Bought from fishing tackle shop in Morecambe (quaint seaside town north of watford)www.gerrysfishing.com
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Old 23 October 2002, 16:10   #4
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As the motorcyclists on this site probably already know, you can't beat a pair of the wifes tights under the dry suit for keeping warm.

Some of our local characters also wear them on their heads.

Also, a screen makes the world of difference.

Incidentally, has my computer developed a repetetive virus.

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Old 23 October 2002, 16:17   #5
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I started wearing the tights after wife found a pair by the back seat of the car!
They pull at all the hairs on your legs though
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They pull at all the hairs on your legs though
Sorry Dave, I forgot you were oop north. Its only the southern wusses who shave their legs.
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Just singe em with t'blowlamp up ere lad.
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Old 23 October 2002, 16:33   #8
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repetetive virus
There's a fix for this...

Click on the "profile" button for the name of the member who posted the affected message, scroll down past the details of the member until you see the blue bar across the screen (just under "engine" details), and then click on the link contained to the right of it. There! No more repetitive virus!

Now about this winter stuff...

The Geko helmets were out in force at Weymouth - you can get on with handling the boat instead of cringing every time a bit of wave decides to cover you... so much that we didn't notice that there was a foot of water in the back that the bilge pump couldn't deal with!

Dave, do the ferrets mind the blowlamp on your legs?
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Old 23 October 2002, 16:36   #9
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You lucky, lucky B******d having a blowlamp - down here we just use pumice stone
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Okay, on a more serious note to answer the question, during the 92 round Scotland Race we used a bow dodger at the front and it did make a big difference keeping the spray and wind off your lower parts. The frame was a cut down windsurfing boom and the cover heavy duty plastic stuff from a sail maker.

Don't have the problem on the latest rib as we hide behind a huge side by side console with a high windscreen. Brilliant bit of kit. Just wish I could find someone making them at a give away price for another rib.

Might be a winter project, I could even join Keith and sell the article to RI to pay for it, or would that mean being excommunicated from ribnet?

Hate to think what the wind resistance is like towing it on the trailer though.
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