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Old 14-12-2018, 07:48   #31
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Re: Sailing Gloves? Yea or Nay?

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I probably trim and adjust more than most. I lifetime of climbing and work has also convinced me that hands are worth protecting, not just from rope burn--that's minor--but from bruising tendons.
Hmmmm, and I thought climbing was one of the reasons I don't use gloves. I never understood delaying gloves either. But then again we climb like wusses so...
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Old 14-12-2018, 07:51   #32
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Re: Sailing Gloves? Yea or Nay?

I don’t use them for casual sailing but sure do for racing. Lines move a lot faster in racing.
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Old 14-12-2018, 08:04   #33
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Haven't used them for years. Find them to be a nuisance to put on. Better to build up callouses if you're on the water regularly.
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Re: Sailing Gloves? Yea or Nay?

Good thread
I always wear KEVLAR gloves when cleaning fish
and fingerless gloves when I go aloft.
and work gloves when cleaning bottom, etc
but seldom need "sailing" gloves on our big boat because we control lines with winches and clealts. I'd say gloves are more necessary on dinghies and other smaller boats where people try to control lines by hand.
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Old 14-12-2018, 08:18   #35
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Sailing Gloves? Yea or Nay?

We use gloves for anchor handling and most especially for picking up mooring lines that tend to have barnacles on them and fish hooks in them.

Gardening gloves or mechanics gloves work well for this. No need for the high cost of anything labeled for boats or yachts.
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Old 14-12-2018, 08:23   #36
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I like the feel of rope on my hands, it's easier to work barehanded than with gloves. I rarely use gloves. In my past I taught swift water rescue classes a lot of students wanted to wear gloves handling ropes. It makes it hard to tie knots and grip is better bare handed. My vote, gloves for heavy dirty protection not for normal tasks.
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Old 14-12-2018, 08:31   #37
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Re: Sailing Gloves? Yea or Nay?

This is an age old question. Racing I feel they are a necessity for safe and fast sail trim. Once you have your hands burnt to a crisp or worse to the bone you will wear them. You are always handling lines to trim if you are any bit competitive. Now cruising is a different matter as line handling is less often and less critical to the desire of speed.
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Old 14-12-2018, 08:34   #38
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At age 66, I use not only sailing gloves but kayak gloves for kayaking. Sometimes it gets a little warm, but beats blisters.
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Definitely yes for us. My wife uses different ones depending on the season and on the weather. We even have a small selection in different sizes available for guests, and they seem to be very appreciated.
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Warm, dry weather, no gloves. Cold, wet weather, gloves.

Fingers or not depends on what I am doing (ex- lots of line handling - no fingers)

Climate dependent?
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Yes, I wear girly. noob type fingerless gloves everyday year round in a warm climate.
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Have a sheet under tension run through your hands one time with out gloves, and you’ll never be without again. Must have, in my book.
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Re: Sailing Gloves? Yea or Nay?

I wear gloves when my hands are cold. Otherwise, I don't like the loss of dexterity. I've never gotten rope burn.

That's on my boat. On racing boats, where the lines are sometimes crazy small to save a few grams of weight, I often need the gloves.

Except for my jib downhaul line, all the lines carrying any tension on my boat are at least 3/8 inch (9 mm) in diameter.
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Re: Sailing Gloves? Yea or Nay?

In the days of wooden ships and iron men you weren’t really an able seaman until you could light a wooden match on the palm of your hand😀

That being said I usually wear some old sailing gloves when anchoring. That galvanized chain is pretty tough on bare hands
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Only gloves I have are cheap gardening gloves in the anchor locker.
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