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Old 20 November 2018, 03:11   #1
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Waterproof Offshore Suits

My apologies if this has been done before, but my initial searching didn't throw much up.

With the new RIB due to arrive next month I'm looking for waterproof & windproof outer layers for SWMBO and myself.

This will have to be two piece (Bib trousers & jacket) and look reasonable or else SWMBO won't wear it.

Mostly for winter day trips locally for pub lunch etc, so needs to look reasonable .

I've looked at the sailing offshore suits (Musto, HH, Gill etc).

Can anyone recommend anything from personal experience?
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Old 20 November 2018, 03:29   #2
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This is what myself and most of my mates use. (100Kg Floatation) Lots of professionals in them too......

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FLADEN-RE...Skdw:rk:2:pf:0

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I bought a pair of fish eagle suits and no complaints, think they are 100 quid now from Glasgow angling centre online.

You should perhaps research life jacket options if you don't already have 275nm jackets to make sure you are happy to go along with the suits.

It is a debatable subject of no jacket versus underspec so just putting out there the recommended option is 275nm jacket with your floatation suit.
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You should perhaps research life jacket options if you don't already have 275nm jackets to make sure you are happy to go along with the suits.

It is a debatable subject of no jacket versus underspec so just putting out there the recommended option is 275nm jacket with your floatation suit...........
Got to disagree with you on this one.

I don't doubt a 275 is more likely to "roll" you than a 190 or a 150 but either has a better chance of doing it than no life jacket and the higher you're held out the water the less "conduction loss".
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I already gave you (edit, I might have posted it here or emailed, can't mind) the recommended documentation on this month's ago, it clearly said no jacket or 275nm.

As you know, my old man 35 years at sea and that is also what they do which is per the guidelines on it from MCA (I assume that is where it came from as it was a RMAS and then serco for last 15 years)

If you are unconcious a float suit and life jacket is going to probably try to put you face down or atleast fight each other......a float suit won't on its own.

Until I buy a 275 jacket I won't be wearing my 175 and float suit but to each their own.
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Here you go, found something-

Lifejackets - The most important Newbie Question!

For those who don't want to link to the thread- (the link appears to be broken now so be curious to see if they have updated it if anyone finds it)

i found this on mullion site- (http://mullion-pfd.com/en/technical/...and-lifejacket)

A floatation garment or buoyancy aid should only be worn on their own, when working close to land and by competent swimmers or where help is close to hand.

A 150 Newton should only be used where light weight clothing is being worn and no heavy tools being carried. It is not recommended to the used with a flotation suit or a dry suit as it is possible that it will not self-right you in conjunction with this type of clothing.

A 275 Newton should be used where heavy weight clothing is being worn or tools are being carried, or when wearing a flotation suit of dry suit.

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Sorry for slight derail but thought worth putting out there as it may add considerable cost to your plan depending on what you want to do/have already.
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Not carrying heavy tools, it is possible that it won't right you "if unconscious" a 275 is more likely to.
But you're not likely to be unconscious, We're no going to get hit with a jib or a tackle block, fall 20ft from the deck of a cargo boat etc.

So my point would still be a 150 is better than nothing. With that bouyancy in the right place it's still going to try a roll you. Certainly won't make things worse.

I've done the RYA's "Sea survival" course and played with life jackets and bouyancy aids, spent years with them dive training and diving and 100kg of distributed bouyancy in a suit certainly isn't going to roll you without a life jacket.
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Not carrying heavy tools, it is possible that it won't right you "if unconscious" a 275 is more likely to.
But you're not likely to be unconscious, We're no going to get hit with a jib or a tackle block, fall 20ft from the deck of a cargo boat etc.

So my point would still be a 150 is better than nothing. With that bouyancy in the right place it's still going to try a roll you. Certainly won't make things worse.

I've done the RYA's "Sea survival" course and played with life jackets and bouyancy aids, spent years with them dive training and diving and 100kg of distributed bouyancy in a suit certainly isn't going to roll you without a life jacket.
People can decide if they think one argument outweighs the other but I'm going with mullion (I found similar for my jackets at time) and my old man. (Who at the time says it came from MCA, but he also said rightly things can change)
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