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How to Stretch and Trim Sailing Dry Suit Seals to Size

More articles on dry suits Shop dry suit maintenance and repair Types of Seals   Sailing dry suit seals are either natural latex rubber or neoprene.  Latex seals are thin, light, flexible and comfortable against the skin, but can be torn if used incorrectly.  Neoprene seals are made from the same material used to make wetsuits; and are generally 1/8” – 3/16” (3 – 5mm) thick, making them bulkier than latex seals.  They are smooth neoprene on the inside for […]

How to Clean and Lubricate a Sailing Dry Suit Zipper

More articles on dry suits Shop dry suit maintenance and repair Proper zipper maintenance for your dry suit will extend life and quality of the suit. We will show you how to: Lubricate a zipper Clean a zipper Zipper Types There are two basic types of waterproof sippers used on sailing dry suits.  The brass tooth zipper (or gas zipper) has been around for over 50+ years and is hard wearing, but not a flexible as a plastic zipper.  The […]

How to Put on a Sailing Dry Suit and Determine Proper Fit

More articles on dry suits Shop dry suits Put your sailing dry suit on with ease by following just a few simple steps. Insulation – Under Layers First, you need to put on your under layers. A thin base layer for transporting perspiration from the surface of your skin to the second layer, the mid layer.  Mid layers should be one or two layers and a mix of mid-weight to heavyweight fleece.  This colder the weather, the more and heavier […]

Choosing a Technical Sailing Shirt

Technical sailing shirts are generally worn on warm to hot sunny days without any other layers.  They are intended to provide: Sun protection Prevent overheating Manage moisture Unlike other activates which might take place in low humidity, in shade, or inside an air-conditioned gym, sailing takes place in direct sunlight, in a humid marine environment, in warm to hot conditions. Key Features For sailing conditions technical shirts should have these characteristics to provide the most performance: Highly breathable Loose fitting […]

How to Choose Offshore and Rubber Sailing Boots

Offshore and Rubber sailing boots provide three main performance features for your comfort and safety: Dryness Warmth Grip When choosing offshore or rubber boots, start by identifying the type of sailing you are doing.  Are you day sailing in fair weather and cooler temperatures where you need dry and warm feet.  Is your sailing taking place poor weather, in cool to cold conditions, sailing overnight and up to long passage making where you need the most from a boots performance features?  […]

How to Choose Sailing Shorts | Expert Advice

Sailing requires shorts that are specifically designed to properly deal with a wet environment, abrasive deck surfaces, and the bumps and bruises that can occur while moving about the boat.  They need to have reinforced seats, made of fabrics that are fast drying and offer optional seat and leg padding.  We will review with you the features to consider when choosing a new pair of sailing shorts and some practical suggestions on undergarments and care. Materials Fast Drying – Sailing […]

How to Tie a Cleat Hitch, Three Ways

Tying a line to a cleat should be easy and secure, but walk down any dock and you will be amazed at the creative ways lines are ‘secured’ to cleats.  We will show you the correct and the incorrect ways to secure a line to a horn cleat using a cleat hitch.  You might be surprised what you learn, even if you’re ‘salty.’ Half Wrap Cleat Hitch This is most commonly seen as the standard cleat hitch in North America, […]

How to Choose Light Inshore Sailing Foul Weather Gear

What is Light Inshore Sailing? Light Inshore sailing occurs in more protected waters like lakes, rivers, and bays and is generally considered day sailing. The jackets and pants in this category are waterproof and breathable, and are good for the rain and spray you may encounter while near-shore sailing.  These jackets feature short height collars and some with storable hoods. What’s the difference between Inshore & Light Inshore Foul Weather Gear? Ultimately these share many similarities, but the main differences […]