Originally Posted by redhead
We have been pricing immersion suits in preparation for going north soon (I hope). Immersion suits are on the "must have" list, but boy are they spendy.
We were talking to one of the commercial
fishermen and it turns out he is not only required to have them, but also replace them every couple of years (SOLAS regulations) and he has to buy new this year. The old ones (3-5 years old, can't remember) have never been used other than his drill teaching crew how to put them on.
So, we're buying
3 almost brand new immersion suits for US$75 each (we already have one). I have done just a little research
and it seems that the material should be good for at least another 3-5 years. This has saved us a ton of money
and I don't think our lives will be at risk because of they're not brand brand new.
It's better than going offshore
with nothing and now I can buy a better EPIRB
Just a thought for budget
constrained cold water
sailors - I'm pretty happy about this.
Being long time sea kayaking enthusiasts, we are firmly in the breathable drysuit camp.
We currently have one-piece Kokatat Goretex suits with one-piece 300 weight fleece long johns for under. Thin and very comfortable. Harnesses and PFDs still fit well.
These can be donned in a hurry, but necessitate removing bulky clothing
first- unlike Gumby suits...
If I were in the drysuit market today, I would start with an excellent resource in your area: Kayak Academy
. Absolutely first rate. Check out the latest Kokatat designs. [No affiliation...]
I would also explore a fairly new hybrid design drysuit/foul wx gear
from Ocean Rodeo Sports: the Ignite
All will run around US$1k and more, but will be useful for much more than just abandoning ship... and take less storage
In case this approach is of interest.