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GMDSS A User's Handbook

By Denise Bréhaut

GMDSS A user's handbook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) provides a fast and efficient way of calling for assistance at sea, whatever the size of craft or its geographical position. Since it was first published, this book has helped explain the system for anyone using GMDSS and has been excellent pre-course reading for students.

 

SAFASAIL CAP

SafaSail HatThe SafaSail Hard Hat looks just like a sailing cap, but will help protect you if you get a bang to the head.  See our review here

Henri Lloyd 'Elite' Salopettes under review

Contributors to Sailers are all working yacht skippers and we get asked to review all sorts of sailing equipment.  But, just occasionally, we come across something that’s so good that we wonder how we’ve ever managed without it.

That was our response when we tried out the lightweight Salopettes from the new Henri Lloyd Offshore Elite range.  I had thought that perhaps this was a bit of a 'gimmick', but there were several factors that, in our view, put this range of offshore clothing into the very top bracket of weather gear for cruising yachtsmen.

First of all, these are seriously light weight. Henri Lloyd claim they’re 30% lighter than the ‘best in class’ predecessors. That sounds a lot, but believe me, it feels even better than it sounds. 

 

If you’ve ever struggled to put on the traditional HPX foul weather gear in a seaway, you’ll know how awkward the heavy trousers are to get on, let alone wear. But getting into these new Henri Lloyd Elite Salopetts is like putting on an extra light-weight skin.  They’re feather-weight, easy to move around in, and they don’t sap your energy.  One body zip, a couple of leg ties round your sailing boots, and you’re done.

But just because they’re light doesn’t mean they let the weather in!  This is serious all-weather gear. It’s difficult to describe just how good they are at keeping the wind and rain at bay.  There are times when you don’t want to struggle into a full set of Oilies. In windy weather where there isn’t too much wet stuff, I like to keep my body and legs warm, but have enough freedom in my arms to work on deck without too much restriction.  These Salopettes do the job brilliantly.  They are completely wind and weather proof, but they also allow moisture to breathe out, so you’re not getting all sweaty.

The design is great, too. Gone are all those awkward pockets, Velcro ties, and adjustable shoulder straps.  Instead, you have a single straightforward zip up the front (works both ways for us blokes), a couple of Velcro leg straps to keep the weather out of your boots, and a single self-draining pocket that won’t fill with rain water or spray.  The inside is made from some technical ‘shiny stuff’ that allows complete freedom of movement.

If the Offshore Elite jacket is half as good as the Salopettes, then Henri Lloyd certainly come out on top as our first choice for lightweight cruising kit that really will keep the Cruising yachtsman or woman warm and dry in the worst of the weather without feeling like you're an Egyptian Mummy!

Henri Lloyd Offshore Elite Racer Salopette
RRP:  £360.00
Website:  http://www.henrilloyd.com/offshore-elite-racer-salopette-y10157-cbn?

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