Before we left on our circumnavigation
, we outfitted our entire crew with high quality weather
gear that included bib-overhalls and sea boots. Since we were going to sail the savage seas, we wanted to be prepared.
We might have been lucky, but we only used the foul weather gear
one time. In Whangarei, New Zealand
, my son and I put on the foul weather gear
and strolled around town when it was raining cats and dogs
. After about fifteen minutes, the rain stopped and the clouds parted.
We sailed to New Zealand
twice and Australia
twice, and never used the gear
. Of course, we sailed on a catamaran
and had a powerful autopilot
to do the steering
and there was an enclosed cockpit
, so we rarely got wet. Occasionally we put on a rain slicker.
The last half of the circumnavigation
, we purchased survival suits which we also never used. We also had a couple of full wetsuits to use on deck
in the event of needing to go forward in a blow. We never used them either except for snorkling.
Some boats are extremely wet when sailing offshore
, and foul weather gear is a necessity. It wasn't that way on Exit Only. That's the way things work on a trade wind
circumnavigation on a catamaran
We did occasionally use cheap
rain slickers when going ashore in the dingy in bad weather.