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Old 14 February 2020, 05:26   #1
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Dry suit recommendations

As per title,

Do i require a dry suit?

Just wondering is a dry suit recommended? I currently have a wet suit summer one only, and my use of the sib will not be seeing me going out in sub zero temps.

I know i'm a wimp. lol.

Would appreciate a nudge in the right direction as i'm guessing its not a diving dry suit that's required, or is my current wet suit with some basic wet weather clothing enough?

Thanks , Scott
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Dry suit recommendations

The black shadow was always popular on here a while back, think it was made by gul? The most important thing is that you try it on before you buy as they all come up slightly different sizes.
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The black shadow was always popular on here a while back, think it was made by gul? The most important thing is that you try it on before you buy as they all come up slightly different sizes.

Thanks Whisper will look it up.
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i use a surface dry suit by seaskin not the cheapest but you get what you pay for, i wear one all the time even in summer in our waters
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It would have to be tropical for me to not wear one in our waters but each to their own.

Also really handy when launching and recovering as it keeps you dry!

However it would probably be a life saver if you ended up in the water for any length of time.

My advice on purchasing for what its worth would be buy a decent one and get one with a front zip.

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Thanks for the link , having a good read now. and looking at all suggestions. Cheers
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If you think you're going overboard, then a dry suit is a Good Thing. I have a Gul membrane drysuit with latex wrist seals and bootees. More comfy than a neoprene drysuit, and you can choose how much to wear under it.

If you don't think you're likely to end up in the water, then a 2 piece "oilskin" suit over warm clothes may be more versatile.
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Do i require a dry suit?



Just wondering is a dry suit recommended? I currently have a wet suit summer one only, and my use of the sib will not be seeing me going out in sub zero temps.



I know i'm a wimp. lol.



Would appreciate a nudge in the right direction as i'm guessing its not a diving dry suit that's required, or is my current wet suit with some basic wet weather clothing enough?



Thanks , Scott


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Wet suits keep you fairly warm in the water, especially if you're doing something active. They're not so good against windchill.

The RNLI crews go out in horrendous conditions in SIBs and RIBs and wear membrane dry suits.

However, fishermen and others who work on water tend to wear waterproofs over clothing.

If you need to enter the water to launch and recover, then a drysuit is particularly useful.

You can get a Fladen flotation suit or similar more cheaply than a dry suit. Many dinghy cruisers use them.

If you get a dry suit, do pay the extra for a gentleman's convenience zip.
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Wet suits keep you fairly warm in the water, especially if you're doing something active. They're not so good against windchill.

The RNLI crews go out in horrendous conditions in SIBs and RIBs and wear membrane dry suits.

However, fishermen and others who work on water tend to wear waterproofs over clothing.

If you need to enter the water to launch and recover, then a drysuit is particularly useful.

You can get a Fladen flotation suit or similar more cheaply than a dry suit. Many dinghy cruisers use them.

If you get a dry suit, do pay the extra for a gentleman's convenience zip.
agree but a front entry zip you can dress yourself no need for a pee zip also get to trouser pockets easy
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Wet suits keep you fairly warm in the water, especially if you're doing something active. They're not so good against windchill.

The RNLI crews go out in horrendous conditions in SIBs and RIBs and wear membrane dry suits.

However, fishermen and others who work on water tend to wear waterproofs over clothing.

If you need to enter the water to launch and recover, then a drysuit is particularly useful.

You can get a Fladen flotation suit or similar more cheaply than a dry suit. Many dinghy cruisers use them.

If you get a dry suit, do pay the extra for a gentleman's convenience zip.

Quite like the idea of the flotation suit, as I say I am not planning on going out in adverse or really cold conditions, granted our waters are always cold. and they're is the always expect the unexpected, i.e ending up in the water.

So again due to my planned use, is it dry suit or flotation?

How many Sibbers have ended up in the water unexpectedly? If they're use was similar to mine.
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Quite like the idea of the flotation suit, as I say I am not planning on going out in adverse or really cold conditions, granted our waters are always cold. and they're is the always expect the unexpected, i.e ending up in the water.

So again due to my planned use, is it dry suit or flotation?

How many Sibbers have ended up in the water unexpectedly? If they're use was similar to mine.
very easy to stumble over rocks, seaweed, holes on the seabed when launching at least with a dry suit its no problem same if a wave catches you unaware and flips your boat you will soon be in trouble with the cold never mind trying to pull all that extra water weight absorbed by your clothes aboard the boat getting back in.IMO
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very easy to stumble over rocks, seaweed, holes on the seabed when launching at least with a dry suit its no problem same if a wave catches you unaware and flips your boat you will soon be in trouble with the cold never mind trying to pull all that extra water weight absorbed by your clothes aboard the boat getting back in.IMO

Yeah point taken. And thinking back i did have an occasion when i slipped on the slipway and ended up in the water.

Very amusing for my son and all bystanders. Albeit that was at the end of our jaunt. lol.
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Yeah point taken. And thinking back i did have an occasion when i slipped on the slipway and ended up in the water.



Very amusing for my son and all bystanders. Albeit that was at the end of our jaunt. lol.


Iíve just sold a top of the range Mullion flotation suit, because I now use a drysuit........
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Yeah point taken. And thinking back i did have an occasion when i slipped on the slipway and ended up in the water.

Very amusing for my son and all bystanders. Albeit that was at the end of our jaunt. lol.
i'll be honest ive been boating 51 years now and lost count how many times ive fell/ tripped, well into my sixties and still doing it but having said that wearing a drysuit i probably dont take as much care knowing i'm going to be dry. i also think if its there you can use it when its not is when the poop hits the fan. look at cost too the cheapest dry suit is about £250 a flotation suit about £150.

a tip if you go drysuit by far the best is to have one made to measure allowing for extra clothes it will be far more comfy wearing it for long periods
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Iíve just sold a top of the range Mullion flotation suit, because I now use a drysuit........

And whats was your opinion on the flotation suit Pikey ?

Or with you buying a dry suit say it all?
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+1 for front entry zips,mine's back entry and Sod's law states that when you've forgotten something in the car after launching you have to trudge back only to the discover the keys are in your trouser pocket,then trudge back to get somebody "let you out".but maybe it's just an age thing
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what size are you I have a fladden flotation suit I bought when I had a dabble with a warrior fishing boat I only wore it a couple of times and still looks new ( sold the warrior after a month and bought another rib didn't like it at all) . its just hanging in the garage and I wont use it again its big fat bastard size though
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