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Old 20 September 2004, 06:59   #21
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There is another way and I'm not trying to be smart here. Get a decent windscreen for your boat. Chin height when you are standing and side screens which prevent the wind-blown stuff coming back and hitting you. This will keep you surprisingly dry while you're moving. It removes the driving rain from your clothing, reduces the chill factor, keeps the wind and rain away from your face and it will often allow you drive in a fleece when those around you are dry suited and gritting their teeth.
I've been on trips where we were dressed in a 10 pair of overtrousers and a fleece and the rest of the party simply went home, they were so cold and miserable. Some had travelled a good distance to be there and the lack of protection spoiled their weekend. Protection is great for those lovely crisp winter trips too.
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Old 20 September 2004, 07:23   #22
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Get a decent windscreen for your boat.
As ever, JW's right, but it's a bit drastic fitting an old tractor cab to your boat

The screen in the pic certainly reduces the chill factor but probably knocks 5knots of the top speed.

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Old 20 September 2004, 07:33   #23
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Old 20 September 2004, 08:08   #24
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The wrong trousers

I read this thread and the one about not winterising your boat but carrying on using it through winter with great interest.

As a fully signed up member of the southern softies club, I prefer to use my boat on calm days but I guess I am not averse to cold days. So I don't expect a lot of spray getting me wet when out at sea but....

I cant launch my boat without getting wet up to the thighs. Can any one suggest what is the best way to stay dry when launching. Wader type wellies? Is there a dry suit that is trousers only?
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Old 20 September 2004, 08:43   #25
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As an even softer southern softee, I can't imagine why you get wet at all when launching?
Why don't you explain your "technique" to the forum so that 1,432 experts can advise you?

But in answer to your question:
Yes, you can get fishermans, armpit height, waders and ........
yes, you can get bottoms only drysuits (try www.ravenspring.co.uk for example).
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no good asking me I can't launch my boat unless I get the disco in up to it's armpits!
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Old 20 September 2004, 09:06   #27
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As ever, JW's right, but it's a bit drastic fitting an old tractor cab to your boat

The screen in the pic certainly reduces the chill factor but probably knocks 5knots of the top speed.

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Get the screen without the loss of speed fit one of these
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Old 20 September 2004, 09:14   #28
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As an even softer southern softee, I can't imagine why you get wet at all when launching?
Why don't you explain your "technique" to the forum so that 1,432 experts can advise you?
I have a rib-x 575 on a de graff trailer and, for anyone who knows it, I usually use Crosshouse (near the Itchen Bridge) which is pretty shallow. I wrap the winch webbing around the bottom of the trailer and winch it off. In order to get the back end in far enough you are standing in knee deep water by the winch handle. Just deep enough for wellies but when some wash comes in you are too deep for wellies. I usually give it a bit of a shove to get the keel clear of the wheel arch and that means getting wet to the knees. I dont drive it on either. I usually push it to the back of the trailer and winch it on, that means getting wet too.
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Much of the aggravation of launching a retrieving can be removed by accepting that you're likely to end up waist deep in the water at some point.

Whilst it's certainly possible to launch and retrieve "dry foot" it often leads to some advanced gymnastics and slows things down immensely. Have a look at a busy public slip sometime and see!

Ideally, with two people, you should be able to back the boat in and drive it straight off. Recovery is the reverse -- back the trailer in to the right depth, drive the boat on, hook it up, drive off. If for whatever reason you're not able to do this, then get a drysuit. You want one anyway!

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make sure the dry suit has a comfort ZIP
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