Winter is a blissful time to be at the sea. With the deserted cruising ground and the low sun shining off the water, there are many reasons to stay afloat. However, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind when you plan to sail in the cold climate.
So, let’s take a look at the few tips you should follow.
- Get Good Outer Gear to Stay Dry
Being dry means being warm and winter sailing can be ruined if you get wet. Luckily, you will find a lot of gear in the market available in different styles and prices including,
- Offshore jackets
You need to make sure that you are getting the right gear to stay dry. This will make your cold winter sailing a complete success. Talk to some experienced sailors and find out what they have to say. They are going to serve as a valuable resource for choosing the right gear for the local conditions and finding out where you can get the best bargain.
- Carry Disposable Hand and Toe Warmers
You need to make sure you are carrying disposable hand warmers. You will get them at a local sporting good or hardware store. A toe warmer is good as they come with a sticky back. It will let you stick them in other areas such as the chest or neck. However, make sure that you do not stick them on your skin, directly.
Rather than putting them inside the neck gaiter or just stick to your shirt. Other eco-friendly choices for reusable warmers are a safe burning fuel stick, heat packs that are USB chargeable, and a chemical reaction. Follow the guidelines given on each and it will keep you warm.
Dry hands are warm. Rubber working gloves that are commercial grade is a great warm alternative. You can try a pair of latex or dish gloves under the sailing gloves. This is an economical way to keep the hands warm and dry.
- Base and Medium Layers
It is one thing to keep yourself dry but you need to have adequate layers for keeping yourself warm. If you don’t, it will make you feel miserable. You need to keep in mind that the chill air over water might feel much different than the cold air that is there over land as the excessive moisture in the air will make it more difficult for you to escape cold. So, you need to ensure that you have the required synthetic blend or merino wool base layer, insulating mid-layers, wool socks, mittens, and also a heavy layer.
An item bringing good old fashion is a woolen sweater. No matter if it is dry or wet, a woolen sweater is warm. It is much cozier than a synthetic top. Due to the nature of wool and the manner in which the fiber arranges, it has greater bulk and will retain better heat.