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Old 12-01-2016, 08:17   #1
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Immersion Suit Testing--Chesapeake Bay Area

I am working on a magazine article comparing the performance of dry suits to the Coast Guard Immersion Suit Standard. What I am asking is whether any Chesapeake Bay area sailors have an immersion suit and would be interested in participating in some basic testing. I'm not asking anyone to go in the icy water--I'll do that--I just need to borrow a suit for the afternoon, performing basic Coast Guard in-water tests. You get to watch and laugh.

A dry suit does not meet the CG requirements for immersion suits (one size-fits-most, fit over shoes, made of foam), this is clear, but it does meet many of them (warm, no water intrusion, agile) and it certainly more practical, as they can be worn while sailing (are by many racing crews) and protect against cold during MOB, something an immersion suit cannot do. I don't need an immersion suit to compare a dry suit to the standard, but practical observation is always helpful. And you get to learn how your suit functions.

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Old 16-01-2016, 09:06   #2
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Re: Immersion Suit Testing--Chesapeake Bay Area

Alas, I don't own such a suit and I am on another continent.

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