Originally Posted by PMFarr
Not sure where best section is for this but as a newbie, I have just picked up a sib and had a couple of weekends playing with it to try it out ...
Love the videos of some of the trips especially the Scottish ones around Hebrides Islands - have been touring the islands extensively with my camper van and would love to see more of them from the water.
So, question is before considering embarking on those sort of adventures, I would need suitable clothing. It looks as though most people on the cruises are in dry-suits. Is that the best option or would a two piece dinghy suit - sailing type outfit also be OK?
Optins to consider on the Boating RIB Clothing front ....WEATHER Forecast! (Inc Sea State! ..take worste case scenario)
Time of year (inc Temp Windchill ect ).....Type /length of Passage....Exertion levels....Headwear-- warmth---wind weather rain proof and Sun exposure Sunglasses/Goggles (inc Gheckos or equivalent) Wind Chill will affect in all temperatures travelling at speed...
Warm comfortable waterproof footwear . ....Water/Wind proof Top layer either Salopettes and Jacket...with good Hood ...Floatation Suit ....Dry Suit..(which will nesesatate head gear) ...either one or two piece.
Adaptability removable and quality made Layering options are the KEY!!..
(especially in the Hebredies
Proven purpose made and designed Boatiing gear is by far the best option even if costs are higher....Discount stores/Shopping village outlets can mean huge savings!
Things like extra fleece's are easily carried kept dry and stowed...for if and when needed.
If you take out inexperienced Crew do you're best to check and make sure they are suitably well kitted out too for what you have planned ...cold wet miserable crew mates will soon curtail you're activies no matter how toasty and dry you may be!
Cold weather options include chemical hand/foot warmers Murano wool Balaclava and under Gloves ...Ghecko helmets are warm (because of the air bladder and insulation it provides) keep you dry and protect from stinging rain and Hail with the visor ... Good money spent on quality Thermal long johns and base layer top is never wasted!...
A good choice of clothing...head...and footwear will enhance you're Boating and make the whole experience more enjoyable ...less taxing ..and ultimately safer too.
Always worked for me.