Cold weather clothes for in the boat
Posted by: old_user on Feb-09-12 12:16 AM (EST)
I bought this boat:
and would like to be able to get out with it sooner rather than later. I live in Chicago and pretty much only paddle flat water lakes and occasionally streams and rivers, but no whitewater. If you follow the links to video on the page above, you'll see some videos by a guy in Finland who uses this same boat and looks to be wearing chest waders (and pfd), pretty much all the time when he's in his boat. I asked over on one of the other forums and got a lot of naysayers regarding using waders in a boat instead of a wet suit or dry suit. Of all the replies I received, only one guy seemed to actually watch the videos and comment that the boat in question is far more stable than any typical canoe or kayak and thus, the idea of wearing waders might not be so bad given the stability of the boat. Ultimately, more people seem to agree that waders in a boat are a bad idea then I'll likely just end up getting a wetsuit and wear some kind of shell layer over it to help stay warmer. Anyway, I just wanted to get some input from real fishermen versus the typical canoe/kayak folks.
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Posted by: Big_D on Feb-09-12 9:01 AM (EST)
First, that looks like a really cool boat. I've seen those on e-Bay and thought they'd make a good fishing boat. Once you get it on the water, please write back here with a review (even if you post a review in the main part of the site).
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Posted by: old_user on Feb-09-12 7:52 PM (EST)
This is the kind of advice I've been looking for. I think there is a definite bias against waders because people have drowned wearing them, however in pretty much all of those cases the victim was not wearing a pfd or a waist belt. Anyway, I like the idea of the waist high waders. I'll have to look at those and dry tops. It just seems to me that this type of boat is more likely to work better wearing gear like what you mention versus going with a wetsuit or drysuit. Thanks for the advice.
Cold weather cloths for in the boat ....|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Feb-09-12 10:55 PM (EST)
....... any type of clothing that keeps you warm enough is fine for "in the boat" .
I'd definitely never assume|
Posted by: old_user on Feb-09-12 11:25 PM (EST)
that I wouldn't end up in the water. No matter how stable the boat or how safe you think you are - stuff happens. I'm looking for clothing to insure that I will stay dry or even mostly dry should I ever end up in the water during cold weather.
what we do .......|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Feb-10-12 10:07 PM (EST)
I always assume a swim.|
Posted by: Big_D on Feb-12-12 4:20 PM (EST)
But I think of 60F water as being warm enough to swim. I don't just wear immersion clothes when I paddle cold water (which to me is below 40), I also take a small folding stove, fire starting material, a dry change of clothes in case I do get wet despite the semi-drytop and waist high waders, high calorie food (like a PowerBar or similar), a reflective space blanket, and usually a Thermos full of hot green tea with lots of honey. Calories are your friend if you trying to fend off hypothermia, and if you get wet in cool temps then hypothermia is not an 'if' but a 'when.'
Neoprene Waders are an option|
Posted by: FrankNC on Mar-15-12 8:04 AM (EST)
In cold water down to about 50 degress I kayak surf in snug neoprene waders that are almost as tight as my old wetsuit. Because they are snug they offer no problems with swimming. The life jacket acts as a wader belt. But most often I have a splash top over the waders so very little water gets in when I am swimming.