Originally Posted by SpearRib
depends, water temp varies from 15 degrees in winter upward. the wind is cold in vic and it can go from being really hot to freezing the next day (depending on time of year). im usually in relatively calm areas that may get up to 1m swell and or chop (1m total is usually the dead set highest).
OK - your original choice is good then - wetsuit and waterproof coat + hat/gloves. I lived in Carlton (Melbourne) for a year and I don't recall any freezing temperatures but I do remember it hitting 43C a few times
Our water makes 15C in the summer
I have exactly the same sized boat as you, BTW, so I understand the issues...