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22 hours ago, The big T said:

Have a set of Musto which has done a Volvo - hand me up from my son. Good as gold apart the neoprene collar and ends of sleeves. And I've thrashed it since then - about 6 years more. Good gear. Simple though - more a smock with a front pocket and no bullshit stuff.

Right, I have pondered this smock thing for a while. Probably a better choice for me and my boat and my kind of sailing than a jacket.

/Martin

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On 18/09/2021 at 10:22 AM, MartinRF said:

Banned according to the care label. I have destroyed another jacket by not studying the care label (until afterwards). That time a washed in 40 C (label said 30 C) and tumble dried (label said not). I don't which part of this killed the waterproofing.

Right now I am subjecting this jacket to to a mild (35 C) heat treatment.

Then I hope for some real rain to test it.

/Martin

When you want a deluge they are far and few between... So I did some preliminary testing in my shower cabin: Better but no cigar. The shoulder part still leaks some so I opted for some reinforcement using a spray-on product. Before that I also applied some heat by means of ironing at lowest power. Both seemed to help.

Tonight we got some rain, not heavy though, and I took a longish walk.

OK, much better. It will keep me dry in non-demanding conditions, at least for a while. Inspecting the inside at home I see water is still coming through but much less.

So Nikwax helps but it does not elevate this jacket to proper foul weather gear level again.

/Martin

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Ive been using the same relatively inexpensive Gill offshore gear from Burnsco - 6 seasons old now. Ive never chucked it in the washing machine but instead house it down in fresh water and hang to dry. First couple of years did nothing to it, but the past 3 years at the beginning of the season i treat it with this - https://www.burnsco.co.nz/stimex-waterproofer-500ml

Hasn't let me down yet (though it didn't keep me dry when i went overboard😅)

Have to disagree with the comment about top end wetsuits above, but i guess that depends on what you class as top end. Name brands like Quiksilver, Ripcurl etc might be marketed as top end, but like most things now are mass produced in an automated thai or Chinese factory. The biggest problem with these are they're made for one body type (sure isn't my body type). If you're not that shape, your suit isn't going to last, and at $400 -$600 for a winter suit that only lasts a couple of seasons there's no value. If you want real to end then buy  a custom NZ made wetsuit - https://www.seventhwave.co.nz/

Yes it costs $800-900 for a fully custom top of the line suit. But when someone like myself, who has the body shape of a D16 bulldozer can still squeeze into a 9 year old wetsuit, remain in the water in the middle of winter for 3+hours and get out feeling warm and almost dry, you then truly appreciate a top end wetsuit. 

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Bought my jacket in 2012 so more than 6 years old but it has not seen heavy use.

But the real reason for posting again is to share this photo of my maternal grandfather trying out his new boat with some friends. I don't have an exact date, sometime in the second half of the 1930s I think. Not quite dressed like we are used to now :-)

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/Martin

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8 hours ago, MartinRF said:

Bought my jacket in 2012 so more than 6 years old but it has not seen heavy use.

But the real reason for posting again is to share this photo of my maternal grandfather trying out his new boat with some friends. I don't have an exact date, sometime in the second half of the 1930s I think. Not quite dressed like we are used to now :-)

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/Martin

that moustache was a fashionable item in the late 1930's...  😉

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2 hours ago, 44forty said:

um yeah …who’s that chap with a death grip on the tiller ? 

Earlier this week I learned that even George Orwell sported a toothbrush mustache for a while.

I don't know who those guys are, apart from my grandfather that is.

/Martin

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23 hours ago, MartinRF said:

Bought my jacket in 2012 so more than 6 years old but it has not seen heavy use.

But the real reason for posting again is to share this photo of my maternal grandfather trying out his new boat with some friends. I don't have an exact date, sometime in the second half of the 1930s I think. Not quite dressed like we are used to now :-)

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/Martin

Looks exactly like today, the boys are out for a bash and then some rums!
Great photo thanks for sharing

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Yes there was more decorum in those days -perhaps there is a need for more formal dress again in yachting....

When I started we all had to wear the whites -which was practical in summer.

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1 hour ago, waikiore said:

Yes there was more decorum in those days -perhaps there is a need for more formal dress again in yachting....

When I started we all had to wear the whites -which was practical in summer.

Watch Luca Bassani - Wally - Founder & Director of Design from 2.50m "You forgot wearing classy shirts and pullovers"

 

 

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