Stay warm on your RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) this winter with a few handy tips from JBT Marine. (Part 1)

With the coldest months approaching, it will be vital this winter to be wrapped up warm to avoid any shivers and temperature related illness! Don’t get cold while out in your RIB this winter, here are a few handy tips this winter on clothing, and to follow in part 2 a few sneaky cheats to save our blog readers a few quid!

It is important to get plenty to have plenty of layers of clothing. Most marine clothing manufacturers insist that their foul weather jackets work best in conjunction with two other layers of clothing – what is termed a ‘3 layer system’. The most popular brands of marine clothing are Musto, Henri-Lloyd and Gill.

If it really is chilly, like when you have to spend ages scraping your windscreen before getting down to the boat, then maybe slip on some thermal underwear first. Then stick on a thick polo or rugby shirt, something that is fairly thick on its own yet comfortable.

Secondly, stick on a decent fleece or mid-layer. Polartec fleeces provide decent insulation while mid-layers (sometimes called ‘soft shell jackets’) are great for cutting out wind and keeping your body temperature up.

Finally, finish off the ensemble with a decent waterproof jacket. If it is really nippy maybe some Gore-Tex, but certainly a coastal rated jacket if you are planning to head out mid-winter.

All the fashion gurus tell us that to complete an outfit you must add accessories! Heading out in the winter months should be no exception!

Gloves. There are so many different types to choose from! For RIB driving, a few companies make great helmsman gloves which are fleece lined and waterproof. For passengers, check out the brand ‘SealSkinz’ who make some super warm winter items!

Bobble Hats. This really needs no explanation!

Scarves. Fleecy tube neck warmers are a great alternative to the long trailing woolly scarf.

Socks. Head to a camping shop for some nice thick socks, why not go nuts and wear two pairs!

Check out Part 2 of this blog which will be uploaded on

Friday 4th November.

Many thanks to the Marine Superstore for allowing us to take some snaps in their shop.

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