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Choosing Dinghy Sailing Foul Weather Gear and Apparel

What is Dinghy Sailing Gear? Dinghy gear is designed to keep you from getting cold, maximizing comfort and ease of movement in gear that is either wet or dry. It is expected to perform for hours up to a whole day on the water.  The range of gear is wide and varied to allow you the flexibility of combining different pieces for various types of dinghy sailing types and weather conditions.  For hot days Uninsulated Wet Wear is made for […]

Coastal Sailing Foul Weather Gear Explained

Coastal sailing presents a unique set of conditions. Here you will learn about what coastal sailing foul weather gear is designed for in terms of the type of sailing and the type of weather conditions it will withstand. Coastal Sailing Weather Conditions: Generally speaking, coastal sailing foul weather gear is designed to be worn for days at a time while providing you protection and comfort. It is ideal for short to medium distance passage making, and overnight distance racing and cruising. Not as […]

What is Buoy Racing Foul Weather Gear?

Buoy racing is considered to be day racing on keelboats in either protected or open waters.  The sailing is athletic, sustained and fast paced.  Gear needs to perform well, managing moisture while being lightweight and durable. Buoy racing gear is designed with these features in mind: Easy to move about the boat in with the least amount of bulk and restraint Highly breathable to move perspiration out of the gear Keep water out – waterproof materials with water shedding seals […]

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Guide to Choosing a Foam Filled Sailing Life Jacket

What is a sailing life jacket? A sailing life jacket is one you will wear when actively sailing.  Forget about the big orange offshore vests and the cheap ones sold by the half dozen in a plastic zipper storage bag.  Neither of these are designed to be worn consistently each time you go out sailing.  What we are talking about is a foam filled vest that is comfortable and happily worn every time you go sailing.  In these vests you […]

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Understanding the Different Types of Life Jackets

No matter where you are sailing in the world it is important to understand what type of life jackets or PFDs (Personal Flotation Device) you have on board and available to you.  There are four common standards that are found in life jackets (or vests) around the world which we will discuss.  Other standards exist, but they are generally derived from one or more of the following: US Standards – USCG Approved International Standards – ISO European Standards – CE […]

How to Choose Life Jackets for Kids & Infants

We will walk you through essential sizing and fitting tips to get the best USCG approved life jackets for kids of all sizes while explaining the 2 common PFD (personal flotation device) types for kids. Sizing Life Jackets for Kids Fit is important in keeping a child’s head above water, so do not get a too-big life jacket thinking he or she will grow into it. Sizing for a youngster depends on his or her weight (not chest size, as it does with […]

What is a Sailing Buoyancy Aid

What is a sailing buoyancy aid and is it right for you? Sailing buoyancy aids are becoming increasingly popular in the United States for three simple reasons: They are smaller and more compact than traditional life jackets. They contain less foam and are cut to afford more freedom of movement making them comfortable and easy to move around a boat in (especially when racing). Minimalist designs have limited pockets, straps, buckles and attachments giving them a ‘clean’ exterior that is less likely to […]

Guide to Choosing an Inflatable PFD | Expert Advice

Why choose an inflatable life jacket? Traditional life jackets use inherently buoyant materials, such as foam (or Kapok), to keep the wearer afloat. Inflatable life jackets, as their name indicates, use inflatable bladders to provide buoyancy. Inflatable life jackets are less bulky than traditional life jackets and more comfortable to wear. When not inflated, the bladder is compact and lightweight. Inflatables come in a variety of performance ratings. Many are USCG approved while some carry European certifications instead. The specific USCG rating of life jacket […]