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Old 09 November 2007, 17:25   #1
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Whilst out today I decided to take a photo of what I believe the best dressed RIBSTER should consider wearing when its a little cold.

As you can see this geezer is wearing the latest in Drysuits in a snazzy blue with built in rubber boots (Wellys).

Lifejacket with harness fitted. So it doesn't ride over the head and float away when you fall in. Also carried on the lifejacket is a radio, knife strobe light and day and night flare. All essential kit if you depart your boat pronto. I don't have one but I know a RIBNET member that also carries a Garmin E trex, so as to give your location to the Coastguard. Of course if you've got loads of dosh you could also carry an EPIRB.

Gloves are fleece type. I haven't found the perfect glove yet but these seem pretty good. They have a synthetic insert to allow you to grip steering wheels and even when wet stay warm.

Headgear consists of a Gecko helmet and balaclava. The helmets are good in that besides protecting you if you happen to bash your head against something they also keep your head dry. The balaclava in this instance only really provides a bit of extra warmth and keeps the neck warm and stops it getting splashed.

Under the dry suit I am wearing two layers of man made thermal garments and outers.

It might all look a bit over the top but today when we were out it was about 8 degrees C with Force 6 to 7 winds over a very high tide. Basically quite sh___y and I know with all that stuff I would have had a reasonable chance of surviving until help came if I was unlucky enough to fall in.
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Old 09 November 2007, 18:19   #2
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Old 09 November 2007, 18:29   #3
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Kwik Tit more like. Surely this is a fancy dress outfit? Bob the Builder meets Thunderbirds sort of get up.

Ah, just read it properly. I thought it was Biggles after having gone for a spin around the marina. This guy may have some commercial reason for wearing so much gear.
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Old 09 November 2007, 18:42   #4
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...... I thought it was Biggles ....
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.....Under the dry suit I am wearing......
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I'm quite tempted to get one of these for winter use.

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Old 09 November 2007, 19:25   #7
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M&P's main distribution warehouse in Swansea has sold out. All the jacks wear 'em when they go out robbin' (every night)
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Old 09 November 2007, 19:28   #8
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(and no, I don't know which way mecca is....)

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Whilst out today I decided to take a photo of what I believe the best dressed RIBSTER should consider wearing when its a little cold.

As you can see this geezer is wearing the latest in Drysuits in a snazzy blue with built in rubber boots (Wellys).

Lifejacket with harness fitted. So it doesn't ride over the head and float away when you fall in. Also carried on the lifejacket is a radio, knife strobe light and day and night flare. All essential kit if you depart your boat pronto. I don't have one but I know a RIBNET member that also carries a Garmin E trex, so as to give your location to the Coastguard. Of course if you've got loads of dosh you could also carry an EPIRB.

Gloves are fleece type. I haven't found the perfect glove yet but these seem pretty good. They have a synthetic insert to allow you to grip steering wheels and even when wet stay warm.

Headgear consists of a Gecko helmet and balaclava. The helmets are good in that besides protecting you if you happen to bash your head against something they also keep your head dry. The balaclava in this instance only really provides a bit of extra warmth and keeps the neck warm and stops it getting splashed.

Under the dry suit I am wearing two layers of man made thermal garments and outers.

It might all look a bit over the top but today when we were out it was about 8 degrees C with Force 6 to 7 winds over a very high tide. Basically quite sh___y and I know with all that stuff I would have had a reasonable chance of surviving until help came if I was unlucky enough to fall in.
Sheeesh did some call ghostbusters?
bit over the top for me..
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So how long does it take to get into and out of this gear? I have trouble with just my Dry Suit on and am fequently the last man on the ponton.

By the time you get this lot on, I guess that all the other boats would be gone
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