Tag : Dinghy sailing

How to Choose Hiking Pants for Sailing

We will break down how to choose hiking pants for sailing as well as why you should wear them and who needs them. The main advantages of battened hiking pants on dinghies are: Leg comfort Allow you to hike further out Allow you to hike longer More directly translate body movement (energy) to the boat Why Wear Hiking Pants? Sailing a dinghy sailboat upwind requires you to keep the boat from healing and kept basically flat (as horizontal as possible) […]

How to Wash and Deodorize a Wetsuit

APS is the World Leader in Outfitting Sailors.  Shop our: – Wetsuit Maintenance Supplies Key factors in preventing a stinky wetsuit are: Rinse after each use Completely air dry before storing Shampoo & deodorize periodically Wetsuits do not breathe like foul weather gear and technical wicking layers which dry well in the open air. Neoprene contains tiny bubbles that trap the air inside the wetsuit material (neoprene) and insulate the sailor against the elements but is completely non-breathable. This same […]

How to Repair a Wetsuit Tear or Rip

APS is the World Leader in Outfitting Sailors.  Shop our: – Wetsuit Maintenance Supplies Accidents happen. Don’t worry, it’s easy to repair a wetsuit tear or rip. Keep your gear performing with these easy steps.  Wetsuits are made of neoprene, which can be mended in three ways. Quick repairs with neoprene contact (seal) cement Permanent repairs with Aquaseal Additional strength with Iron Mend repair fabric A partial tear, cut or rip in a wetsuit can generally be repaired in the […]

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How to Choose a Sailing Wetsuit

  We will show you how to choose a sailing wetsuit or combination of wetsuit tops and bottoms for sailing in warm, cool, cold, and frigid conditions. Make sure the suit is specifically designed for sailing Proper ‘second skin’ fit is the key to staying warm Water and air temperature will determine the thickness of the wetsuit Warmth on a budget is achievable. To pick out a proper wetsuit, it is important to understand what and how they work.  It […]

Wetsuits vs. Dry Suits for Sailing – Which is right for you?

Many sailors wonder if a dry suit or wetsuit is the best choice for winter sailing. We’ll compare and contrast to help you learn what’s best for the type of sailing you do. The question is not ‘which is better?’ it is ‘which is better for you?’ While wetsuits and dry suits both keep you safe and comfortable in the cold and frigid water; neither is ‘better,’ although they are certainly different.  One is better in some ways, and not as […]

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

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 reinforced in the seat and knees to properly protect the suit from […]

How to Choose Dinghy Sailing Foul Weather Gear

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 […]

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What to Wear Guide for College and High School Sailing

Are you new to Scholastic Sailing? Wondering what kind of gear you (or your favorite sailor) will need for the upcoming season? APS has developed a list of essentials pieces to get you started. With that said, we highly recommend speaking with your coach to see what other items you might need. Need a PDF to print out? Click here. Warm Weather APS is the World Leader in Outfitting Sailors. Spray Top: A good spray top will be the workhorse a scholastic […]