Sailing Gear & Apparel
We sell some of the best small sailboats in the world, why be uncomfortable or limited only to fair weather? Wearing proper layers is a hallmark sailor's trait and one that will extend your sailing season and maybe even save your life!
Below we have simplified the layering process. We have truncated Gill's offering to the no-frills way of protecting yourself (or your kids) in colder water sailing conditions.
We support our local High School Sailing and other programs, please ask about our group discounts!
Base Layer [bes leər]
The bottom layer of layer of clothing closest to a person's skin. This layer of clothing must be moisture wicking and quick drying. Base layers used to be made of wool, but polyester has quickly become the preferred material in the modern age. One should never wear cotton or nylon clothing as a base layer.
Mid Layer [mɪd leər]
An insulative layer of clothing that sits over the base layer. This layer of clothing provides the warmth needed. This layer can range from a fleece and sweat pants to salopettes and a hard-shell jacket.
If conditions allow, a mid-layer can also serve as the outer layer when a true outer layer is not required.
Outer Layer [awtər leər]
A protective shell layer that provies protection from the elements. This layer is waterproof but still breathable. This article of clothing is required for cold and/or wet conditions. A dry suit is the ideal outer layer for cold water immersion risk activities, as is typical in small boat sailing.