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Old Feb 21 2011, 12:47 PM   #1
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Default Wet Weather Clothing, for a sea travel, on Pern

Now I'm not too sure how to ask this question or questions.

I know that sweaters show up for Jim Tilllek is using one in Dragonsdawn, and they have wet weather clothing they used to sleep, in during, CoP - The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall CoPB - "The Dolphin's Bell".

In Skies of Pern :SoP, second hand clothing, knitted hat, gloves to keep warm on a trip, to Landing. Cotton sock in RoP - Renegades of Pern.

A sea, based, on Pern winter as mostly raining season, with light sweaters to keep warm felt pants, and a Tanned Sea Snake leather, well oiled, over that, something on the order of oiled-or waxed cloth, I've read in other books.

Now here is the question, if a person made a wet suit, using the knitted pattern, and had it reinforced with heavy oiled, leather outside, say sea snake skin, and a woven cotton lining, with that 'filler plant' from All the Weyrs of Pern, would that keep one warm while working in/out of water? In addition, a vest made of the plant who was used in Dolphins of Pern.

In addition, I ask for in real life wool and I, unless I've got some layer under it like another shirt, or sock, don't see eye to eye, it makes my skin red.
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Old Feb 21 2011, 03:28 PM   #2
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i know that cotton and most other plant-based cloths are the worst things to wear on a boat. with all the leather and cloth, the wet suit would probably get rather heavy when wet, so it would probably work better on the boat, than actually in the water.
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Yes, while wool is good for wicking moisture away from the skin ABOVE water, I wouldn't want it IN the water--it'll get soaked and drag you down.

I would think oiled sailcloth would work for making slickers, but I'm not sure they'd have many options for wetsuits or cold-water dry suits like we have with synthetics.
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Thanks for this infromaton.
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Default Re: Wet Weather Clothing, for a sea travel, on Pern

Without sdynthetics a dry suit is well nigh impossible to make. A wet suit however is easier as all it has to do is trap a layer of water next to your skin. The layer then warms up.

Before the arrival of synthetics keeping warm on land was still a matter of traping warm air next to you. Alternate layers of knitted and woven cloth was the mountaineers normal method. Say: a knitted woolen vest with silk/cotton shirt over it then a heavy woolen jumper and a woven jacket. That gave you two insulating layers of trapped air.
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Without sdynthetics a dry suit is well nigh impossible to make. A wet suit however is easier as all it has to do is trap a layer of water next to your skin. The layer then warms up.

Before the arrival of synthetics keeping warm on land was still a matter of traping warm air next to you. Alternate layers of knitted and woven cloth was the mountaineers normal method. Say: a knitted woolen vest with silk/cotton shirt over it then a heavy woolen jumper and a woven jacket. That gave you two insulating layers of trapped air.
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. . . the 2 knitted layers being filled with air, and the woven ones holding the air trapped, so the layering sequence is important. I know someone who was given one of those open-weave thermal blankets and said it didn't keep him warm --- he was using it as the top layer on his bed.

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. . . the 2 knitted layers being filled with air, and the woven ones holding the air trapped, so the layering sequence is important. I know someone who was given one of those open-weave thermal blankets and said it didn't keep him warm --- he was using it as the top layer on his bed.

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Ah I think I had more of a problem keeping the hand made one on my bed, and cat's collar from getting stuck in it, had to add a thin cover so I didn't have chase a cat to put his bell back on
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