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Old 21-11-2012, 11:37   #16
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Re: Sailing in the rain

Forgot to add that visibility can be dramatically reduced with rain, so run the radar as much as power allows. Radar is also useful for tracking squalls.
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Re: Sailing in the rain

Staying dry is very important. Visibility will diminish and it's good to use your running lights during the day as well as night so that you can be seen more easily.

Yes, to dodger and bimini top. I wear waterproof winter hunting boots and winter gloves from a hunting sporting good store that even though wet still keep my hands warm.

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Re: Sailing in the rain

Depending on the amount of rain and wind, goggles or foam seal glasses can be a BIG help. If you go with either, bring along some anti-fog wipes.

I also like to wrap a towel around my neck, keeps the water from trickling down my body and has the added benefit of making me look a bit dashing (wot) in my foulies.
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Old 21-11-2012, 13:55   #19
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sail in the tropics, then you are just wet, but seldom cold.
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I'm not sure how things work in Izmir, but where I come from, rain tends to knock the wind down. Be prepared to motor.
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Re: Sailing in the rain

You need good weather protection, especially if you dont have a dodger, autopilot or bimini. It's a world of difference if you have those. It would help to know where you are!
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Old 21-11-2012, 14:25   #22
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I purchased a Beneteau 343 and will transfer it next week. it will take 4 days and seems like it will rain most of the time.
I have never sailed in rain. Let me know about do's and don'ts
I hate rain. Having said that, need comfortable boots to live in. Wet gangways and cabin soles will be slippery below deck. Decks slippery use jack lines and clip in. Chest foulies should have good rain/spray hood.So'wester hat very good idea. Layers Layers Layers. Not cotton if possible.
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Re: Sailing in the rain

down here, WEAR COTTON. in COLD--no. here--you wear mixed fabric, you WILL sweat to dehydration.
here, in tropix, rain doesnt come in sailing season.
there fore, your satisfactory answer is to SAIL SOUTH. asap.
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Izmir temps for this week are low 60's during day and mid 40's at night. Hot chilis thermals- fleece and wicking shirts in multi layers will keep you toasty and no sweating
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A recording device. Capture the sound of the rain pattering on the sails, deck and sea as the hull swishes through the waves. Keep your recording for a rainy day...erm, I mean, one of those days where you could use a boost and are far from a sailing fix. Send me a copy.
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A bimini comes in real handy and dodger as second best. But if you don't have either make sure your weather gear">foul weather gear is water proof. And if you wear glasses a helmet/visor with a face shield comes in handy. I'm surprised the authorities don't make us wear helmets already.
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A decent wet weather jacket and pants in a breathable waterproof fabric like Goretex will ensure you are as comfortable as you can be for a four day wet passage. Waterproof boots and wool socks will help keep your feet warm and dry.
Obviously we are at different latitudes. Hereabouts I take off my shorts to keep them dry. As a bonus a hard rain is like bathing with a sand-blaster. That said, I have put clothes ON in driving rain because the drops were just too painful.

Ski goggles sounds like a good idea. In the ITCZ a snorkel will help with breathing.

Anyway, rain is no big deal while sailing. The visibility problem does affect safety and navigation. Tacking with a reefed main sometimes surprises me with a drenching.
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Take spare shoes and socks to keep below. Dont use them on deck. You will be very uncomfortable in the same wet footwear for hours on end.

Make a thermus (flask) of coffee/soup early. and top it up as needed.

All the sailing principles are the same though. However, your telltales wont work once they are wet and stuck to the sail. Adjust sail trim by easing the sails until they luff a little then sheet on a touch.
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Re: Sailing in the rain

I found a waterproof plotter mounted where it can be easily used while steering and with large scale charts loaded essential.

It's not a big problem in the middle of the ocean but imagine you're in a narrow winding channel with minimal navigation markers, shallow water one side, beach the other, falling tide. Then the rain comes down. . .

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Re: Sailing in the rain

All great advice. I have a pair of motorcycle gloves on the boat. They are big enough that I can get my hands incl. sailing gloves into them and they are 100% waterproof and warm. You'll need something like that at night.

A good broad-brimmed hat is sometimes better than a hood (if it is not raining especially hard).

Make sure you have lots of tea/coffee on the thermos. And when you change watches and go below, strip completely down and put on some fresh dry clothes, feels great. Change back when you go on watch again.
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