Hobie Nick wrote:
I have sailed both with and without gloves on large boats (300 ton square rigger) to Hobies and most thing in between. I found that if my hands will be relatively dry and the lines are 1" or more in diamter I can go without. But, on a Hobie you get very wet and the lines are fairly small in diameter. I am also contatnly adjusting the sail and in heavy winds I don't cleat off. So, my hands get really shredded when I don't use gloves. I also found that I have a better grip on and more control of the lines with gloves.
I bought my first H16 in college. I spent the money I had been saving for tuition on it (I earned a scholarship for that semester). I know about being a poor student sailor. You can afford to buy $30 gloves if you sacrafice something else. I would give up my one night out each week to buy sailing gear.
hahaha well im in the same boat now...just kind of nt upto university yet...just kicking my last year at high school...then will be in canada for univ. Ill be paying my way thru school...so saving up right now...every little penny...so when i get there, im not broke, and put in my sink costs (books, laptop, first rent, etc).
its ok, my hands are totally ok with it now....so i guess once ppl develop callouses, then its ok....