On Feb. 1, we sailed. motor-sailed and motored from Punta Gorda, FL to Ft. Myers to Key West
to Dry Tortugas
to Isla Mujeres, Mexico
. We experienced plenty of wind
, big waves and cool weather
. Got held up in Key West
and Dry Tortugas
waiting for a weather window.
Prior to my departure and with the help the contributors above, I purchased a set of West Marine's Third Reef foul weather jacket and bib overalls. They were on sale
and I paid $129 for the jacket and $109 for the bibs. I also purchased a pair of Ronstan Sailing boots from WM for $50. In addition, I packed wicking long underwear tops and bottoms, a fleece jacket and a windproof hat and pair of gloves.
I used all of them....together! It got cold out there, especially when under sail in the wind
and rain. I was very glad I made the investments in my comfort that I did.
I do have one minor issue with the Third Reef bib overalls in that the don't provide a convenient access when one needs to pee. I had to remove my PFD
to remove or at least open up my jacket in order to loosen the suspenders that hold up the bibs to drop the bibs low enough to take care of business. One well placed zipper would have made a world of difference!
Thanks for the many responses to my query. Your advice was well heeded!