[QUOTE=Capt. Schmitt;58870]But a float coat. They are very warm and much better than trying to dress warm then put on a work vest.[/QUOTE]
With all due respect, float coats are great for Mates or Captains who don’t, ahem, move around as much…but I don’t recommend them for working on deck. You might be nice and toasty when you step out on deck, but as soon as you start working you will overheat and burn up. Because the float coat is both a coat [I][B]and[/B][/I] your PFD, you will not be able to take it off during periods of intense activity (such as line handling, or making tow), and you will sweat and suffer. I agree that [I]work vests[/I] over a layers of warm clothes is not handy. Take the money you would have spent on a float coat, and buy an inflatable PFD “type V” from Mustang or Stearns…they are light weight, and comfortable over anything from a simple t-shirt, to your full winter layered kit. Just my $0.02.