- Soccer training pants.
- Either water repellent wind pants or Gore-Tex, depending on how much spray.
- Base lay fleece top.
- Turtle neck.
- Fleece pullover
- Wind breaker or light Gore-Tex pullover.
- Very thin balaclava. Keeps the neck warm, but more importantly, it locks the hat on.
- Ball cap with bump cap insert or fleece hat.
- Sunglasses (with bifocal).
- Musto winter sailing gloves
- Deck shoes.
- Waterproof socks.
- Add long underwear.
- Add second fleece jacket.
- Possibly heavier wind breaker. Possibly drysuit if really nasty.
- Heavier balaclava.
- Ski googles. Keeps you face a lot warmer, even if there is no spray.
- Disposable heaters for gloves. They really help, and they keep you in thinner gloves. But I also carry ski gloves (warm but not agile) and insulated waterproof coated gloves (Hydroflector--totally waterproof, excellent grip, and reasonably agile if fitted properly).
- Thicker waterproof socks, or just a pair of fleece socks under the standard waterproof socks (not if wearing drysuit--waterproof feet are integral.
- Sometimes Gore-Tex shoes instead of deck shoes. But less agile.
So what am I testing for this season?
- Waterproof socks. I used them decades ago for hiking and was unimpressed, but I got several new pairs for this sailing season, and so far, they are a big winner. Comfortable, and they allow me to stay in deck shoes. Gill (top quality) and Randy Sun (great price) are contenders.
- Seat cushions for a few more sitting locations. A foam pad adds comfort and warmth.
- Fleece closures for companionway. In two separate layers, they will attach with Velcro, much like my mosquito screens. I don't do much cool/cold weather cruising any more, but they're nice even for a lunch stop. They go well with vented stove-top cabin heater.
Featured in Good Old Boat Magazine, it is nothing more than an old stainless pot inverted over the burner, a flexible 1-inch flue, and a place to place a cooking pot on top of it. Great for warming the cabin and heating up left-overs, all while venting the combustion gasses and CO2 out of the cabin. Very efficient too; the flue is barely warm where it exits the cabin.