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How to Clean and Lubricate a Sailing Dry Suit Zipper

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 T-Zip plastic tooth waterproof zipper is flexible and light weight, but has been known to very occasionally pop open if it is not kept clean and […]

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

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 heavy weight fleece.  This colder the weather, the more and heavier your mid layers.  Remember: NO Cotton. Cotton garments and socks will retain moisture and will leave you damp and cold.  Wicking […]

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Guide to Choosing Cold Weather Sailing Gloves | Expert Advice

Why Wear Cold Weather Sailing Gloves Cold weather sailing gloves have a rather unique mission — keep your hands warm while protecting them and gripping line like a regular sailing glove. And while each glove has strengths, none is perfect — creating a glove that is waterproof, warm, durable AND thin enough to retain dexterity is quite a feat. When choosing your cold weather sailing glove, it’s important to consider the type of boat you’ll be sailing, your position on […]

What are Salopettes? …and How are They Different From Sailing Trousers? | Expert Advice

Salopettes (sa·lo·pettes) PLURAL NOUN – A one-piece garment similar to overalls, with a front flap and shoulder straps.  A full sleeveless top, worn for skiing, sailing, etc. ORIGIN 1970s: from french salopette in the same sense + -s by analogy with such words as trousers.   So, Salopettes are French for Trousers?   If that’s it, why are they different?  Lets have a closer look. (Editor’s Note: For the sake of comparison we’re going to focus on offshore quality Trousers, but both […]

What is a Base Layer and Why do you need it When Sailing? | Expert Advice

I’ve been hearing this song on the radio saying ‘it’s all about that base’ and I think they’re talking about a Base Layer, right? Yes, that must be it because when it comes to being comfortable on the water, its really is, all about the base layer. It doesn’t matter if you have a fully waterproof foul weather jacket and pants. If underneath that fancy sailing gear you’re dripping in sweat with a cotton tee shirt on, you are going to be freezing. Mark my […]

How to Size Dinghy Sailing Boots for Women | Expert Advice

We know shopping for women’s sailing gear can be a pain, but we today we have some tips and tricks to make shopping for dinghy boots a bit easier for you. For women, one especially difficult piece of gear to size is a good pair of Dinghy Boots. The material and styling of dinghy boots plus the difference between men’s and women’s sizing  can make for quite the headache! We can help you with each of these factors. Though in […]

Which Mast Harness is Right for you? Bosun’s Chair or Climbing Harness | Expert Advice

Going up the mast doesn’t have to be scary or difficult! Take the scary and the difficult out of the equation with two options; a Bosun’s Chair, or a Mast Harness. To know which option will work for you depends on how long you will be up the rig, and where the boat is when the need occurs. If you are just doing some quick fixes, or you’re in “race mode” on stand-by to fly up the mast, a Mast Climbing Harness is […]

How to Convert an Automatic Spinlock Life Jacket to Manual Inflation | Expert Advice

When choosing an inflatable automatic life jacket, one option I always look for is whether or not I can convert it to manual activation to control when inflation occurs and to prevent accidental  inflation in wet/extreme conditions. From Coastal Cruising to offshore sailing, Spinlock Deckvest 5D Pro Sensor  is the perfect candidate for these applications as it utilizes the UML Pro Sensor inflation. This activation system is water and moisture sensitive that uses a compressed paper capsule which dissolves when wet, which then releases a spring […]