Dinghy clothing for cooler months
To enjoy your time on the water it is very important to make sure you have clothing that will keep you comfortable and protected no matter what the conditions.
Binks Marine offer clothing from sailing's major brands to keep you cool and sun protected in Summer or warm and dry in Winter.
It can be worth viewing clothing as 3 layers, combining layers depending on the conditions of the day.
- Base layer - Next to the skin for warmth and moisture wicking
- Mid layer - Extra warmth. Often, but not always, used over a base layer and under a shell layer
- Shell or top layer - A water proof and windproof layer designed to keep the elements out
Coming into the Australian winter (at least for Southern Australia) let's have a look at a few of the clothing options available to you.
Thermals are a fantastic option to really trap your body heat and keep you warm. They are often hydrophobic (water shedding) to prevent the loss of warmth and to stop them getting heavy. They can be used as an external layer or as a base layer inside wetsuits and spray tops.
Wetsuits are used by all year round, but in the cooler months they come into their own. Wetsuits are often available in 2 different thicknesses, 1.5-2mm and 3mm neoprene. The thicker it is, the warmer it is. The 3mm suits often also have a thermal or insulation liner on the chest for added warmth. There are even thicker and warmer garments available for those really cold locations (I'm looking at you Tasmania).
Wetsuit tops are also great at warming the top half of you body. They effectively turn your sleeveless skiff suit into a steamer.
Smocks or Spray Jackets
One of the easiest ways to keep warm is to keep the elements out. Spray Jackets, Spray tops or Smocks keep wind and water out but still maintain breathability to stop you over heating or getting wet from the inside out.
There are different types of materials, seals and neck closures, but they are all designed to do the same thing, keep you dry.
Keeping your feet warm is a great way to trap body heat. They can also help with ankle support, rub protection and grip.
If there is something you are after that we don't have please contact us and we can give you some options or talk to you about what will suit your activity best.