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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 […]

Choosing a Technical Sailing Shirt

Technical sailing shirts are generally worn on warm to hot sunny days without any other layers.  They are intended to provide: Sun protection Prevent overheating Manage moisture Unlike other activates which might take place in low humidity, in shade, or inside an air-conditioned gym, sailing takes place in direct sunlight, in a humid marine environment, in warm to hot conditions. Key Features For sailing conditions technical shirts should have these characteristics to provide the most performance: Highly breathable Loose fitting […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

What is a Sailing Buoyancy Aid

What is a sailing buoyancy aid and is it right for you? Sailing buoyancy aids are becoming increasingly popular in the United States for three simple reasons: They are smaller and more compact than traditional life jackets. They contain less foam and are cut to afford more freedom of movement making them comfortable and easy to move around a boat in (especially when racing). Minimalist designs have limited pockets, straps, buckles and attachments giving them a ‘clean’ exterior that is less likely to […]