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Created by IndecentExposur Thursday, 16 May 2019
IndecentExposur
64 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 4:56AM
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Although I think i know the answer to this, but does anyone make a heated boom? I'm finding my hands are getting cold from the boom on cooler mornings. I've tried wetsuit gloves, and that helps some. But just wanted to see if this was even a thing.

Harrow
NSW, 2596 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 7:44AM
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Could be powered by a wind generator at the top of your mast.

cammd
QLD, 2202 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 8:58AM
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you might be able to retro fit some after market handle bar heaters they make for motorbikes

Imax1
VIC, 1856 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 9:05AM
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Harrow said..
Could be powered by a wind generator at the top of your mast.


Long extension chord ?

Ben1973
213 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 7:08AM
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It's not but I wish it was. Guess the batterys would be the problem.

Ian K
NSW, 2819 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 9:56AM
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The power consumption could be the problem. The lee side of boom, not shielded by fingers, would be like a giant, slow , hot wire anemometer. It could be used to measure the apparent wind!

circuitglobe.com/hot-wire-anemometer.html

Heated gloves would keep the heat contained.




Harrow
NSW, 2596 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 9:58AM
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Just rug up, and don't fall in.

Sparky
WA, 904 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 9:08AM
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did someone just jump over a shark?

Shifu
QLD, 1140 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 3:49PM
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My gloves always smell fishy after a long day's sailing.

ZeeGerman
104 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 1:59PM
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Have a look at this:
ianovated.co.uk
Open palm mittens heated by the warm air you exhale!
Haven't tried it, but have only heard good reviews.
But really, how cold does it get where you live?
This winter I didn't really get along well with my gloves, so removed them and found that you can get away with bare hands even in astonishingly cold conditions as long as the rest of the body is warm.

petermac33
WA, 4950 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 2:21PM
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I rember a few years back in a 35 knot plus onshore NW wind I could not do a water start on the river as the waves and chop made it very difficult.

I had my winter 3/2 suit and the temperature was like 15 C .

After around 30 minutes of paddling and swimming and then walking another 5 minutes back to my car I was frozen and exhausted.

I turned the engine and heater on full.

My hands and body were shivering pretty bad.

I remember thinking good job I had chosen to wear the warmer of my two 3/2 suits.

Another day back around 1990 whilst sailing at the Shelley River my hands in a matter of minutes after an hour of sailing became red and I could not hold the boom anymore.

When I got home I happened to be watching the weather and the temperature had dropped from around 17C to something like 9 C in a matter of minutes.

Windsurfing with cold hands is not fun. With gloves you lose a lot of feel but no alternative.

jh2703
NSW, 1177 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 4:35PM
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Standard food handling gloves are all you need, nice and thin so doesn't affect your grip and cuts the wind chill completely. Because a small amount of water eventually ends up in them your body temp keeps your hand insulated. Don't knock it till you try it.

olskool
QLD, 1263 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 4:40PM
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WTF??? Here we go. Gel heatpacks inserted in boom. KABOOM!! Remove bung from boom.Click the lil clicker thing in the heatpack tie a string on one end, slide it in using tailpiece. Hey Presto!!! Toasty digits for righteous comfy sailin.
KABOOM Tm n Patent pending. Registered to DarkArt Industries. Hehehe....

Imax1
VIC, 1856 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 5:33PM
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Or move to QLD

olskool
QLD, 1263 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 5:39PM
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Imax1 said..
Or move to QLD

Cmon Maxi! You can do it

Harrow
NSW, 2596 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 6:09PM
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Sparky
WA, 904 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 4:13PM
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Shifu said..
My gloves always smell fishy after a long day's sailing.


Take your gloves off before you handle your fins.

Imax1
VIC, 1856 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 7:35PM
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olskool said..

Imax1 said..
Or move to QLD


Cmon Maxi! You can do it


I'm doin it

Chris249
112 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 8:36PM
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Windsurfing in the snow is interesting. Some of the dinghy sailing gloves work quite well.

mark62
278 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 8:37PM
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Try a pair of latex gloves. Very thin so no forearm pump and they prevent windchill, cheap too.

I sometimes use use them in the UK winter, they do make a big difference.

Fortunately, I keep a spare pair in the fun box under our bed!!




IndecentExposur
64 posts
Friday , 17 May 2019 3:06AM
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This thread is full of WIN!!! funny stuff here! So, a long extension cord, or mount a snowmobile engine to power a heating element on the boom. Got it!

So the ambient air temps aren't bad to deal with, but the boom seems to be colder (it's an alloy). I wonder if the thermal properties of a carbon boom would help.... hmmmm... need more stuff!

olskool
QLD, 1263 posts
Friday , 17 May 2019 5:29AM
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Your life will never be the same once you go carbon.

Imax1
VIC, 1856 posts
Friday , 17 May 2019 7:59AM
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Choose windless days to avoid wind chill

bhc
VIC, 107 posts
Friday , 17 May 2019 8:53AM
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I own a rip curl h-bomb heated vest that's been discontinued for some time. I love it especially when derigging and packing (battery lasts approximately 2 hrs)! Under the wetsuit, it heats the upper and lower back where there's a lot of blood flow close to the skin. When your blood is warm it's pumped to your extremities and you don't get cold hands and feet.

There are superior but more expensive products such as
www.abyss.com.au/shop/dive-gear/en/product/thermal-wear/heated-vests/thermalution/15m-surf-s-sleeve-14252... I guess it depends on how big a problem it is for you - I think it would have helped the red bull storm chasers a lot :).... I use mine with my summer wetsuit (3/2) at the start of the winter and my flash bomb plus 4/3 is warm enough even for coldest Port Phillip Bay days.

Wollemi
NSW, 286 posts
Saturday , 18 May 2019 2:20PM
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Pogies. Normally used by white-water kayakers paddling glacial melt-water.



www.nrs.com/product/25031.02/nrs-mamba-pogies

ZeeGerman
104 posts
Yesterday , 18 May 2019 4:08PM
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Pogies ! Didn't know that's what they're called. For well-informed feedback see Jono Dunnetts blog about windsurfing around Europe. He used them when he started in Northern Norway.

eyeMhardcore
WA, 68 posts
Yesterday , 18 May 2019 8:01PM
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Maybe kitesurfing might be a better sport for you.




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