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How to Wash and Deodorize a Wetsuit | Expert Advice

– SHOP 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 quality that makes neoprene effective as protective-wear however also traps […]

How to Repair a Wetsuit | Expert Advice

– SHOP 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 field or at home using one or more of these […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

How to Choose Life Jackets for Kids & Infants

We will walk you through essential sizing and fitting tips to get the best USCG approved life jackets for kids of all sizes while explaining the 2 common PFD (personal flotation device) types for kids. Sizing Life Jackets for Kids Fit is important in keeping a child’s head above water, so do not get a too-big life jacket thinking he or she will grow into it. Sizing for a youngster depends on his or her weight (not chest size, as it does with […]

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Guide to Choosing Sailing Gloves | Expert Advice

What are Sailing Gloves & Why Should You Wear Them Sailing gloves help protect your hands from abrasion and blisters that often occur when handling lines. Different gloves offer various levels of additional grip, padding, and protection. When choosing gloves, like any sailing gear, it’s important to consider the type of sailing you do and your position on the boat. There are two standard glove styles: ‘fingerless’ or ‘short fingered’ and ‘three-fingered’ or ‘long-fingered.’ The more popular of the two, […]