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Old 30-01-2013, 06:11   #1
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Heated Clothing

Hello everyone,

recently I went on a sailing trip with a couple of friends,
but we were really really cold and it made the trip a little les fun,
now a friend has told me about heated clothing and I wonder if any of you have any experience with that.
Doesn't it get in the way while sailing? is it comfortable?
I really would like to know your opinion on this.

thanks!
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Old 30-01-2013, 06:34   #2
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Re: heated clothing?

Learn how to dress in layers with lightweight modern synthetic fabrics. I like Arcteryx brand as they are innovative and have advanced comfortable fabrics. Plus they make the sleeves long enough. It's just like wearing clothes with heaters in them. Wear a good hat! Use modern wool socks and keep your feet dry.

Typically 3 to 4 layers with the outer shell layer windproof/waterproof...Gortex.

Messing around with heaters in clothes is a lost cause unless you are in extreme conditions IMHO.

This is advice from the 58 years in the North Country!
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Been using 'heated clothing' for years at work and play in the winters when needed...
A full wetsuit with a flask of warm water poured down the neck... stick a wind/waterproof over the top and I'm snug as a bug in a rug
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Old 30-01-2013, 07:04   #4
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12 volt powered vests. Look in motorcycle mags eclipse is the brand I have works great. Used it for year round riding in Michigan. Haven't used on my boats but should work fine.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, sailor165.
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I tried battery powered socks while ice fishing once. I wasn't impressed.
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Dive shops should be able to get you what you need. Heated vests are soooooo nice in cold watewr.
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Re: Heated Clothing

thremling at 8500 ft (asl) with a hanglider nothing works!Boatmans plan should work at sea level..Heated gloves are a joke,the socks like has been stated dont work good either....
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thremling at 8500 ft (asl) with a hanglider nothing works!Boatmans plan should work at sea level..Heated gloves are a joke,the socks like has been stated dont work good either....
Oh it works OK.... was using that method working 12hr days in Poole harbour through the winter on a siesmic exploration back in the 80's... it was that cold that year the sea water in the harbour had ice 1/4" thick on it in the shallower sheltered areas.
As my work involved climbing in and out of my dory and clambering around in water and/or mud at all states of tide delivering explosives, dets and other stuff to work parties around the 'patch of the week' I wore a wet suit full time...
'TOASTIE..'
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Oh it works OK.... was using that method working 12hr days in Poole harbour through the winter on a siesmic exploration back in the 80's... it was that cold that year the sea water in the harbour had ice 1/4" thick on it in the shallower sheltered areas.
As my work involved climbing in and out of my dory and clambering around in water and/or mud at all states of tide delivering explosives, dets and other stuff to work parties around the 'patch of the week' I wore a wet suit full time...
'TOASTIE..'
Wearing wet suit full time? Must have resulted in some major "pruning", no?
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Re: Heated Clothing

I have spent extended periods of time in cold climates and never felt cold.

On the boat, it is a bit more challenging to stay warm as one will often move very little, unless racing.

I think you may have been inadequately dressed on your trip.

My advice for cold weather (on the boat):

1) dress light and many layers, trap warm air, keep moisture out (also your own moisture),
2) use breathing fabrics, polar fleece makes excellent mid layer,
3) use windproof/waterproof outer shell, with a hood,
4) use gtx sailing boots, one size up, two socks - inner light runner type, outer warm wool/merino type,
5) use caps and gloves,
6) make tricks shorter,
7) make hot drink for the driver & crew,
8) use the dodger,
9) sit with your back to the wind,
10) move it (well, not really applicable).

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Old 31-01-2013, 07:23   #12
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Thanks for the tips!
I'll start layering more then, but if I still feel cold I'll buy me one of these Welcome at 30seven | Never feel cold again
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Re: Heated Clothing

I have a very low metabolism. I can put on all the
layers you want and my body doesn't keep itself warm.
Heated clothing sounds great.

Does anyone sleep with a heating pad plugged into an
inverter? My heating pad says 120 volts, 135 watts.
Would this be something reasonable to have on a boat?

Any concerns about having this plugged in all night on an inverter?
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I think Barnakiel and others said it well. It's all about dressing properly for the weather. In three winters in Antarctica, I don't remember anyone wearing electric clothing. We dressed in layers and sometimes used chemical hand and foot warmers but only if we were going to be outside for a while...This was at temps ranging from minus 60F to minus 109F. This is not to say that we were always warm. Sometimes you just got tired of being cold...
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Re: Heated Clothing

Reading the OP provided an image of a sailor with a 120VAC heating pad down his pants, plugged into the inverter via an extension chord. Then he falls overboard....
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