Investing in a sailing wetsuit can add months to your sailing season. Wetsuits are a ‘next-to-skin’ fit, and men’s suits are specifically designed to fit the male physique. These neoprene suits are sailing specific and provide thermal insulation, padding and abrasion resistance. Wetsuits are available in different thicknesses that provide varying levels of insulation. Styles vary to suit your type of sailing and climate. Styles include the shorty, short arm, long john, hiker and steamer. All options can be worn as a standalone piece or as a layer. A wetsuit works to insulate your body heat and use it to warm a thin layer of water trapped between the skin and the suit. Wetsuits are worn almost exclusively by dinghy sailors and sometimes by those on small boats that receive a lot of spray.