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Sailing Wetsuit Basics: What Are They and How do They Work?

For more information on wetsuits click here. To shop wetsuits click here What is a sailing wetsuit? They are one or two piece suits made of foamed neoprene that is worn on smaller sailboats to provide: Thermal insulation against cold water (and air) Padding against bumps and bruises Coverage to prevent skin abrasion Sleek fit help prevents getting caught on boat rigging Buoyancy Sailing wetsuits are specifically designed to accommodate the posture and movements of sailing.  They will also be […]

How to Replace a Latex Neck Seal on a Dry Suit

More articles on dry suits Shop dry suit maintenance and repair Home replacement of a neck dry suit seal is easy if you have the right tools. Follow these directions for a no fuss installation. What do You Need? A new replacement neck seal Sharp scissors Wax paper Masking tape Plastic putty spatula Latex gloves (optional) Cotol 240 cleaner & accelerant (optional) Aquaseal adhesive Sandpaper (approximately 80 grit) Newspaper Neck Seal Replacement Kit consisting of: Large cup 6 x spring […]

How to Replace a Latex Wrist and Bootie Seals on a Dry Suit

More articles on dry suits Shop dry suit maintenance and repair Home replacement of a wrist or bootie (sock) dry suit seal is easy if you have the right tools. Follow these directions for a no fuss installation. What do You Need? A new replacement bootie (sock) or wrist seal(s) Sharp scissors Duct tape Plastic putty spatula Latex gloves (optional) Aquaseal adhesive Cotol 240 cleaner & accelerant (optional) Sandpaper (approximately 80 grit) Wrist & Bootie Seal Replacement Kit consisting of: […]

Sailing Dry Suit Basics: What Is It & How Does It Work | Expert Advice

More articles on dry suits Shop dry suits What is a Sailing Dry Suit? These suits are waterproof, and one piece with a waterproof entry zipper, and have seals at the neck and wrists, and attached socks at the feet keep the water out.  Once inside and zipped up you can simply jump in the water and, other than your head and hands, stay completely dry. Today’s dry suits are made with waterproof-breathable fabrics allowing moisture (perspiration) to travel from […]

How to Clean and Apply DWR to a Sailing Dry Suit

More articles on dry suits Shop dry suit maintenance and repair Seasonal cleaning and applying of DWR to your sailing dry suit will help keep it tip top shape for many seasons. What is DWR? DWR (Durable Water Repellent) is a treatment that is applied by manufacturers to the outer fabric of waterproof-breathable foul weather gear – jackets, trousers, dry suits, spray tops, etc. The DWR chemicals bond with the individual fibers in the threads of the fabric and prevent […]

How to Maintain and Protect Sailing Dry Suit Seals

More articles on dry suits Shop dry suit maintenance and repair Maintaining and protecting your sailing dry suit seals will add life to your dry suit. We will show you how to: Prevent seal dry rot Reduce seal UV degradation from the sun Prevent seals from ‘melting’ during storage Reduce stress on seals when putting on a dry suit Dry Suit Maintenance Products These are the items you will want to keep in your gear bag: UV Tech – This […]

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 […]