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Old 24 June 2012, 06:34   #1
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Is there is a general consensus on rib wear?
I own a 16 foot speed boat and use it mainly on Scottish lochs in good weather. I generally wear waterproofs over shorts and a fleece.

Having purchased a rib (with my coastal endosrement and day skipper courses booked), I'm wondering what other ribbers would consider the basic clothing requirements for coastal cruises around Anglesey, North Wales and occasionally South Western Scotland.
I'm currently enjoying the boat on Loch Ken but want to utilise it more, hence the coastal & skipper courses.

I understand that what suits one is not necessarily good for another, but any pointers on suiting up would be really appreciated.
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You have opened one.

Some like Fishing Floatation suits, some wear shorts, some prefer drysuits.

Oh yeah, and if you're considering "specialist gear" for cruising around Anglesey, you might wanna be careful with the styling, people might get the wrong idea...
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I have a dry suit which I only use for winter or really cold weather, for weather like we have now I use a motorcycle jacket and trousers which I got from Aldi, well if it's good enough for keeping bikers dry doing 70 + on the motorway it's good enough for rib use also, I use a kayak waterproof cag and semi dry hiking trousers. And if it's really sunny just T shirt and shorts with the former gear stuffed in dry bags .. just in case.
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You have opened one.

Some like Fishing Floatation suits, some wear shorts, some prefer drysuits.

Oh yeah, and if you're considering "specialist gear" for cruising around Anglesey, you might wanna be careful with the styling, people might get the wrong idea...
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i'd use a fladen suit
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Shirt and tie when it's warm, Fladen floatation suit when it's cold and dry, Gill drysuit when its cold and wet. It's all in the stitching man; glued double-blind all the way..
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I know I've said this before, but if you choose a Fladen suit (or Mullion, or anything which incorporates permanent buoyancy) remember that y will need a lifejacket of at least 275N
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Hi

dry suit if cold, wet and or any possibility of needing to get in the water;
shorts and tee shirt with a canoeing style cag in the boat if it's great weather,
this week I'll be out in wellies, bib and brace and an off shore jacket if it's raining
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Shirt and tie when it's warm, It's all in the stitching man; glued double-blind all the way..
Dammit .. I've lost count of the number of bow ties Ive sent back
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Dry Suit in winter, other times I find sailing trousers work well, padded socks and a good pair of saling boots, layered clothing, I find a thermal top like you might wear skiing is useful and light for a base layer then a tshirt or if colder a good quality sweater, plus sailing jacket, plus carry full waterproofs for when it rains. Plus lifejacket, knife, personal locater beaken and hand held vHF work on the body/pockets etc
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Thanks for the input, much appreciated.

Although I'm struggling to find a supplier of stick on mousteches and black leather caps for my first Anglesey trip
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Thanks for the input, much appreciated.

Although I'm struggling to find a supplier of stick on mousteches and black leather caps for my first Anglesey trip
Get it right, Willk will be judging. I think Dave Manning won the bottle of pink champagne last year for his Red Indian.
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You will need to keep in mind the chill factor when windy. I spend a reasonable of time in Hayling Bay as a Safety Boat for dinghies or as a photographer and although it can be reasonably warm on land, once you start getting soaked from spray and then get a bit of wind thrown into the equation, it can get cold very quickly. I might be out there for 4 or 5 hours, with no chance to come back in.
I have a wetsuit with a fleecy liner, which is not that warm, I still find I often need a good jacket over the top. I also use a GIL Goretex type jacket and trousers, which work well and then layers underneath depending on temperature. I always have a grab bag with spare jackets and layers with me. If you are buying a wetsuit, go for one with a fly zip.
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The floatation suits are good to protect against cold and showers and splashes. They aren't great in a day of prolonged rain or if you are sitting in rain/spray. If you plan to get wet (launching) or for a very wet day - drysuits are best. I use both - just not together

In these waters, I tend to dress for the worst possible scenario - in my case, falling in or having to stay out much longer than planned.

When I replace my Fladen, it will probably be with a Mullion 2 piece - not as good for survival in cold water but much more flexible on board. They're a bit classier looking - Mollers would prefer them...
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They're a bit classier looking - Mollers would prefer them...
Very CHiPs.
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Lower hem line perhaps, Madam?
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Have a look on here HH, not a bad company to deal with and prices are good.

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When I replace my Fladen, it will probably be with a Mullion 2 piece - not as good for survival in cold water but much more flexible on board. They're a bit classier looking - Mollers would prefer them...
I assumed you would soon have no need for such bulky attire, and would be donning a tweed jacket from within your eberspacher (sp?) heated cabin...
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