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Old 01-20-2009, 05:09 PM   #1
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Default 3mil 5 mil or just stay in the boat

well i have got a trip to go for some tuna and groupers lined up forthursday as long as the forcast is good. i am thinking of taking the tanks and gun. what ya'll think i need. all i have is a 3mil,i do have a hood also. the boat is a30 ft cuddy and it does have a heater and portable heater (mr. buddy)
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Old 01-20-2009, 09:03 PM   #2
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Everbody is different when it comes to cold. I personal would need my 6/6 Farmer Jon for the water temp now. If you have a shorty but it on over your full suit and it will help some. Just add some more weight if you add some more suit.
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Old 01-20-2009, 09:16 PM   #3
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I personally wouldn't go unless I had on 7mm with a hood and all.

From Telem Piscus' report the other day

"I had put two wetsuits on to give me 10mm. I was nice and toasty. Jeff on the other hand forgot a key piece of equipment to make him warm. You know the hood. He mans up and we head down."

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Old 01-20-2009, 09:40 PM   #4
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naclh2oDave (1/20/2009)I personally wouldn't go unless I had on 7mm with a hood and all.

From Telem Piscus' report the other day

"I had put two wetsuits on to give me 10mm. I was nice and toasty. Jeff on the other hand forgot a key piece of equipment to make him warm. You know the hood. He mans up and we head down."

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Yeah, Dave pretty much summed up my response to your post for me. I can dive in the winter with just my 7 mil and a hood. But I am nice and warm with both my 3 and 7 mil on at the same time. I did not get the shivers once while underwater. We were out 26 miles and the surface temp was 63 degrees. My computer read a minumum temp of 59 somewhere on my dive. Everyone is different when it comes to the cold. But I can honestly tell you that unless you have some super human mind trick to block out the cold. Your body is going to freeze in a 3 mil suit out there right now. And a 5 mil is going to be just enough to make you wish you had more neoprene.

So if I had the option of A: 3 mil, B: 5 mil, C: stay in the boat.

You better believe, my butt would stay in the freaking boat.

Now if we add option D: 7 mil with a hood. Then we can talk about getting in the water this time of year.

A hood is one of the most key pieces of equipment to keep you warm in the winter. You loose a good percentage of heat through your head. Just ask Sniper-spear-it about our trip. He manned up and dove without a hood. I think that is the last time he ever does that again. I thought the man was going in to convulsions, he was shivering so bad.
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Old 01-21-2009, 05:54 AM   #5
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With a 3mm single piece suit you will have about 5 min max before you freeze your ass off. You need a 7mm farmer John with a hooded vest then you will have about 30 minutes at about 80 feet. A 3 mm suet at 80 feey will be less than 1mm thick. Good luck...:banghead
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If you don't have at least a 6 mil farmer and jacket and hood and gloves I would stay my happy butt in the boat also.
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I'm fine in my 5 mil with a hood. I think a 3 mil will be chilly unless layered up with a hooded vest
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Old 01-21-2009, 10:29 AM   #8
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7mm and hood. Nothing less. Even with that it gets a little chilly at times, but not bad. And I were thick 5mm boots too by the way. Rememebr, cold can lead to much faster case of the bends!

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Old 01-22-2009, 03:03 PM   #9
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This time of year I used to wear a 1 mil under a 5 mil under a hooded vest and was ok, while in the water. But topside is a bitch wet and my bottom times have gotten much longer. Now I dive dry and will never go back to wet in the winter; I no longer dread surface intervals and/or slipping back into a cold suit! I can handlethe "wimp" comments when I'm on deck toasty warm and everyone else is shivering. :toast
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You can always just rent a 7mil for a couple bucks at MBT. You can get a farmer john 7 mil. Just food for thought
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