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Old 03 February 2013, 12:17   #1
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So for my powerboat course in just over a week I need some wellies. Are boat wellies better than farm wellies? Anything to look out for that's not going to cost the earth? And is welly the correct boating terminology?
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Wellies? Dubes dood, Dubes!

No seriously, ask 10 boaters about footwear and you'll get 10 different answers.

I messed about with cheap boating boots and hated them, no protection from bumps, cold and had no protection from vibration. My feet would be stinging after a bumpy cruise. I wore leather hiking boots for longer dryer cruises.

However, for messing about launching and on very wet days (in the SIB), I bought a pair of safety wellies that had a steel cap and a raised insulated insert. These have proven to be very comfortable. If you go up a size you can use hiking boot insoles for warmth and comfort and wear thick socks too.

This link is for the specific brand I bought. I was on a treacherous slipway yesterday and I was surprised at how good the grip was.

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Boat wellies have soles similar to deck shoes for better grip in wet conditions. Why don't you give the boat school a call to ask what they'd recommend. They might not be happy if you tried to wear work wellies.
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I bought a pair of safety wellies that had a steel cap......... [/QUOTE]



You can give 'em a few quid and a nice boat, but they'll soon return to type.

Do you proof the Donkey jacket, or not bother?
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I wear saftey wellies Too, insoles and thick socks as said.
look at what real working boatmen wear, its not expensive designer ones.
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You can give 'em a few quid and a nice boat, but they'll soon return to type.

Do you proof the Donkey jacket, or not bother?
I can assure you that I am without the few quid, the nice boat and the donkey jacket...

... I'd have thought that a chap in your trade would have appreciated the merits of a decent pair of safety wellies, no?

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No seriously, ask 10 boaters about footwear and you'll get 10 different answers.
Optimist - I'm about to give you three different answers and I'm just one person!

I have a pair of cheapish sailing wellies. They are fine but offer no ankle support like a proper boot, and no toe cap for when you push the trailer over them! They are about 1" too short as I always seem to manage to get water over the top during recovery!

I used to use a pair of "wet feet" (neoprene boots used by windsurfers etc). They are good at keeping wet feet warm; but I find them uncomfortable for walking on roads / paths etc - so if you are "going somewhere for lunch" they are not good.

An old pair of trainers (or walking boots) might be as good as anything, for short trips in sensible weather. The only issue I would have with that is if you were going to use on consecutive days without drying... or if you really want dry feet.
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Optimist - I'm about to give you three different answers and I'm just one person!
Excellent .. we expected no less

I have to say.. there is no straight answer in that.. I have never found a one welly fits all solution .. and I'm a regular user at work as well.

Trying to find one that's comfortable warm and still allows good dexterity such as for driving is not easy. In the colder weather, I'm currently using these ..

Seeland Moor Stable 18 Inch Neoprene - Footwear - Gun Shop, Shotguns, Rifles, Pistols, Air Rifles, Airguns, Gun Trader, Rifle Scopes, Accessories, Cabinets, Safes in Dorset and Devon, UK, Sportsman Gun Centre

Although not for boating at the moment

I have tried a huge range of boots over the years .. including proper boaty types, and found their grips in particular to be lacking

It would be very much down to user and what he/she expects I suppose
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Sailing wellies in general are more comfortable have very little grip though most are non slip and ok if walking about on grp decks ,usually the colour won't scuff off and leave black marks unlike black wellies ,they often have a lace around the top to stop water dropping inside unless you want to wear your trousers over the top .
they also have a continues flat sole with no raised heel unlike standard farmer/ builder type ones though which are probelly safer if climbing about especially on harbour wall ladders as the heel instep stops any slipping off .
Steel toe caps also put extra weight on the boot plus it makes them sink .
Though piece of mind when around trailers tractors ,anchors , propellers .
Also don't forget hightop wellies can start and give the backs of your legs the classic ( wellie rash ) when I had the fishing boat I used to cut them down a few inches .
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I can assure you that I am without the few quid, the nice boat and the donkey jacket...

... I'd have thought that a chap in your trade would have appreciated the merits of a decent pair of safety wellies, no?

We've moved on Moush, riggers are de rigueur in my trade these days. Jallette Jalaska being my 'chocker' of choice.

My ribbin' footwear cupboard goes like this-

HL Ocean boots (half price in local HL shop) for kitted up offshore work.

Flip flops for warm weather local work. Kick 'em off if it gets choppy, bare feet grip well.

Wet suit booties for looning about in the SR.

Toying with the idea of a pair of Jetski boots for SR looning, as pebbles and stones play havok with my feet through the thin bootie soles.
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