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Old 16-12-2014, 11:15   #31
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Re: Can't find a good sweater..

My favorite Polar Fleece brands... Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Patagonia, or The North Face.

I commonly wear layers for flexibility... Silk longjohns/underlayer, a mid layer, and Mountain Hardwear Windstopper shell. I'll also wear longjohn bottoms under quickdry hiking shorts when it's not so cold... silk doesn't get as stinky as Polyprop IMO.
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Old 16-12-2014, 11:24   #32
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Re: Can't find a good sweater..

I love my fishermen sweaters!! SO much better then fleece...warmer and better looking for sure. In a pinch try LLBean online for them or even Roots. I've had some of my wool sweaters for over 25 years...and they still look new. It pays to get a good one!!
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Old 16-12-2014, 11:30   #33
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Re: Can't find a good sweater..

No arguments against synthetic materials. However, I would expect a captain who sails a Morris Frances 26 to wear nothing other than pure wool. . . a nice Irish tweed cap and a Danish hand carved smoking pipe would complete the assemblage. . . oh, and of course, a tattered, well-worn copy of Conrad's "The Secret Sharer" lying haphazardly in the cockpit. Good luck and good sailing.
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Old 16-12-2014, 13:27   #34
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Re: Can't find a good sweater..

I like the US Navy issue mock turtleneck, it's not too heavy. I also have a heavy wool sweater from Aran. I heard praises about Faero Island sweaters.

or www.blarney.com/‎ they have a wide selection of Irish sweaters.

Also a nice silk scarf keeps the neck warm and dry. Silk is also warm when wet.
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Old 16-12-2014, 14:22   #35
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Re: Can't find a good sweater..

Nobody said anything about moths. I'm working my way through nice wool sweaters, but buying pile and acrylics. Note that pile usually comes in three different weights: 100, 200 and 300. 100 is light, of course. 200 is fairly heavy, and suitable for sailing, and 300 you may not find. Some pile has the wind-stop layer between light layers of pile. I second the choice of color as yellow, but it is rare. Hunter's orange is more common.
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Old 16-12-2014, 14:45   #36
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Certainly not locally here in Florida.. Everything I see on the web looks to be made for fashion, not for sailing. I would think 100% wool would be best, or am I wrong? Where can I find a real sweater online, something I can take to sea?

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Have you checked second hand shops like Goodwill? Many folks bring such stuff to FL and find out they don't need it anymore.
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Re: Can't find a good sweater..

Check for the sign ' WOOLMARK ' on the product.
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Old 16-12-2014, 19:02   #38
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Re: Can't find a good sweater..

Try a google search for HOLBROOK sweaters, Swedish outfit. Very expensive as sailing sweaters go, but good selection of styles, nautically fashionable, and constructed with sailors in mind. Mine is a pullover with zip-up neck (turtle), adjustable elasticized bottom hemline, and best of all -- heavy cotton with full lining that cuts the wind that used to cut me. Wife and I found ours in a shop on Martha's Vineyard (Vineyard Vines?). For oiled wool, go Irish.
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Old 16-12-2014, 19:46   #39
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Re: Can't find a good sweater..

While I wear mostly fleece of various weights when it gets really cold there is no substitute for wool for sweaters and socks, the synthetics are not even close. I cant buy 100% wool socks local so order them online. I really like that I can wear the socks for a week and they don't smell at all.
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Re: Can't find a good sweater..

Got my wool sweater from a drunken Norwegian sailor passed out on the dock. Check around a Sons of Norway Lodge around the 17th of May.

In truth I wear one my Grandmother knitted for me. I have a photo of my Great Grandfather wearing a similar one on the deck of his ship. Some things just feel right...

LLBean sells something close.
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Re: Can't find a good sweater..

I still have a massively heavy grey wool sweater I've saved for just the right times. It was given to me 40 years ago. I was told it was British Navy issue. Its is in great shape. I found a lot searching for Royal Navy wool sweater; Irish wool sweater etc. Many listings in military surplus stores.

One other item to add for warmth and comfort. I found that my cycling long leggings wick water away & keep me warm. They also keep away the wool itch. Try also adding a cycling top. Easy to clean & helps keep sweat away from your clothes.

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Re: Can't find a good sweater..

I love my Gill sweater. It is a wool synthetic blend with a fleece lining. High collar with a partial zip. They come in blue and grey.

I am down inin Caribbean now, but keep it in storage for trips back to the states.
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Re: Can't find a good sweater..

Waoh, awesome responses and links, thanks guys! LOL rognvald, I do have a pipe ;-)

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