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Sailing Jackets Are An Important Part of Foul Weather Outfits

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Good waterproof sailing jackets are an important component of your boating outfit, especially for conditions that are less than optimal. Every sailboat skipper looks forward to sunny days with light to moderate breezes, but he (or she) knows that there will inevitably be stormy times as well.

The best sailing foul weather gear will include several layers of clothes. Besides the jacket, you will need rugged sailing pants. Good, non-skid boat shoes are an absolute necessity, as are fast drying socks. Planning your marine clothing wardrobe isn’t hard–nor necessarily expensive–but you do need to make sure you have enough to meet any situation, weather-wise. Once you’ve pulled away from the dock and headed out into the boat channel, or ventured onto the high seas, it will be too late to do anything about those items you meant to bring!

A hooded jacket is a great investment that you will definitely appreciate it when rain or waves are blasting you with needles of stinging water. Some sailing jackets also come with what is called a “funnel neck” to help keep water from pouring down your chest and back. For really severe conditions, you might even want to have on hand a sailing drysuit.

Although precipitation is something to prepare for when you go boating, the frequently used term “sailing rain gear” is something of a misnomer. Although rain squalls, or worse, can challenge even the most experienced sailboat crew, it is really those wind-whipped waves that post the greatest threat not only to personal comfort, but to safety itself. In rough seas, not just any waterproof jackets will do. You and your crew will be glad you bought the best boat clothing you could afford.

Given the vagaries of the weather and the changeability of the ocean, sailboating is not an activity for the faint of heart–except for those who never venture out of well-protected harbors. To tell the truth, many sailors live for the adrenaline rush created by choppy seas, rolling waves and gale winds. If this includes you, you are in good company!

Even if you are one of those who live for riding the swells when they’re at their angriest, don’t forget that good foul weather gear includes sailing jackets that will keep your warm and dry in any conditions.

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Sailing Jackets: Don’t Skimp on Quality

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The quality of your sailing jackets can make all the difference between an enjoyable cruise on the water and a miserable day (or week or month) for you and all your crew. This is one item of boat clothing you should not skimp on.

The best brands of sailing jackets deserve your consideration because they have earned their reputation for keeping their wearers safe from the elements while being sturdy enough to resist rips, tears, seam failures and fastener breakage.

This is an important point. You’ve heard of being left “high and dry?” Well, cheap or knock-off sailing apparel can leave you “low and wet,” so to speak.

Among the respected sailing apparel brands are North Sails, Fred Perry, Henri Lloyd, Helly Hansen, Musto, Gill, Patagonia, and Slam Gear. Some of these make boating jackets and complete sailing outfits that lean toward heavy-duty foul weather gear. Others focus on making on-deck clothes that are for warm days, light winds and a moderate chop.

The well-prepared sailor will make sure he has at least a couple of different sailing jackets and other components, such as pants, shorts, and shoes, to be prepared for whatever the wind, waves and sky throw at him and his vessel. A specialty sailing clothing store will offer the most complete selection of brands and types.

Offshore sailing clothing will generally be more suited for all-weather boating than apparel intended for in-shore cruising or gunkholing. Among the top sailing foul-weather gear brands are Gill and Musto.

The line of Gill sailing clothing in particular is famous as the choice of many of the most particular yachtsmen, such as the captains of boats that regularly endure the rigors of the world’s most grueling sailboat races. When rough seas or stormy weather is anticipated, you can’t go wrong with Gill sailing gear–not only jackets, but complete weather-tight outfits as well.


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Right up there will Gill is the Musto sailing clothing line. Musto’s foul weather gear will see you and your yacht crew through almost any type of seagoing scenario you can imagine, including riding the swells in a storm while waves crash over you! But even the casual sailor will appreciate the strength and protection afforded by Musto’s sailing jackets.

If you’re looking for the most variety in one brand of sailing apparel, do take a look at Henri Lloyd. The Henri Lloyd drysuits, as the name suggests, will keep you dry from neck to foot, and are as suitable for windsurfing in brisk weather as they are for battling the spray washing over a sailboat’s deck. Other items from this company you might consider include the Henri Lloyd flex jacket, the TP1 and the TP2, and the Henri Lloyd Shockwave.

This is just a sampling of your many choices when it comes to buying sailing jackets and other boating clothing. Your options are many, so take your time in deciding exactly what your needs require and your budget can accommodate. Just remember that when it comes to sailing wear of any kind, you should aim for quality in every stitch and grommet.

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