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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 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 […]

How to Choose Inshore Sailing Foul Weather Gear

Choosing Inshore Foul Weather Gear Inshore sailing occurs in more protected waters like lakes, rivers, and bays and is generally considered day sailing. The jackets and trousers in the inshore sailing foul weather gear category are waterproof and breathable, and perfect for rain and spray you may encounter while near-shore sailing.  These jackets feature short to medium height collars and stowable hoods. Inshore Sailing Weather Conditions: Inshore gear will keep you dry all day long in poor weather, though it […]

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 […]