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Old 20 September 2004, 10:00   #31
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Reason 5 for having oilies is you look damn stupid going to the pub on a wet night in a dry suit.
Respect to DJL and crew who do not seen to mind.

I have stayed dry in good oilies even when immersed to the neck in water. The trick is to get them well fitted. My new cheap (200) jacket has 9 draw strings, and several velcro tighteners to keep you dry.
If you are going to stay in the water then a dry suit is the only thing to wear, but if it is just to keep out passing water, waterproofs do just what the say on the tin.
It true that dry suits are no more expensive than waterproofs, my low cost Musto suit was the best part of 300.

It was good to meet you yesterday, by the way.
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Old 20 September 2004, 10:07   #32
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I launch my boat at Mudeford Quay, Christchurch and launch it through the dinghy park to avoid paying (9.00 ). (PM me for the paddlock code ). Anyway mine being a small boat I can launch it by hand and usually only have to go up to my wellies and then the boat glides of. I dont usually drive the boat onto the trailer (unless its someone elses's boat!) because I am not to good at gel coat repairs. I have had my boat nearly a year and have never had to recover it with the car, I always do it by hand or on steep slip ways winch it out on the trailer winch.

I also do a lot of dinghy sailing and I have a Musto (Non breathable) drysuit which has been very hard wearing. Alot of my sailing friends have Trident dry suits which are meant to be very reasonably priced and good quality.


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Old 20 September 2004, 10:19   #33
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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?
Hello Peter

Yes, I don't remember if I was wearing them when we briefly met, but I have a two piece dry suit, the top of which I rarely wear. The bottom half is very convenient for wading when launching and jumping in when recovering. They are also very easy to slip on and off or should you choose to do so, keep on when visiting the pub (like I did yesterday) without looking like a complete wally. The seal rolls down to your waist.

They are particularly useful for me as I often anchor off a beach and frequently have to move the anchor with the tide. The rubber seal can be rolled up under your arms so that you can wade pretty deep (unless you are very small). Only takes a minute to slip them on or off.

I can vouch for the fact that when combined, the suit has no leaks.

The only drawback is should water get over the top, it stays there of course. This has happened to me when I fell down the hole at the end of a slipway! and should you have the seal rolled down and 'stuff' the boat as did many people including me yesterday, you'll probably get slightly damp socks when water gets past the waist band. But then I should have been wearing the whole suit yesterday.

Very versatile, very pleased. And yes, they are made by Ravenspring, 'Duo'. You need the welded on hard boots and the 'convenience' zip - which my kids find very funny for some reason.
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Old 20 September 2004, 11:07   #34
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Hi,

There is an alternative to an expensive dry suit if the weather turns bad.

If you have tandem seats in you boat, sit behind a fat bloke.

Works well with our crew
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Old 20 September 2004, 15:43   #35
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The screen in the pic certainly reduces the chill factor but probably knocks 5knots of the top speed.
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Surprisingly no. I presume a couple of folk in flappy, baggy clothing have more drag than a flat, smooth sheet of glass. However the clutter on the frame top removed a knot.
Here's one I made earlier.
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Old 20 September 2004, 15:47   #36
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....but it's a bit drastic fitting an old tractor cab to your boat
There was a good reason for stealing your tractor cab. If ever I meet you, and I hope I do, I'll tell you. Anyway, I've smartened it up a bit and this is what it looked like a week ago.
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I hate to tell you this, but you've put the steering wheel on the wrong side.
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Some while ago I posted about a method I used for single handed launching of a boat which was in love with its trailer and didn't like parting company. This involved tying the painter to the rear of the trailer, unhooking the winch strap, reversing into the water at high speed and then stamping on the brake. It worked every time except the once that the truck skidded in to far. The water mark is still there.

If I remember correctly, Mr. Kennett didn't agree with this method



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Looks like we can always rely on David for advice on how not to do things!

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Old 21 September 2004, 13:09   #40
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Mr Kennets reservations are probably well founded one needs to gauge the incline of the slip well, should you mis judge this and apply the brakes to soon and there is insufficient depth your pride and joys goes crash - much to the amusement of others watching this ill concieved "comando style" launch as some club members christened it.

Unless you know exactly what you are doing there is an element of uncontrolled risk.
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