Gill’s Navigator’s Jacket is a no-frills coat perfect for fall or spring big boat sailing or just kicking around ashore when the temps are down a bit. We found it did a nice job down into the mid-40s, with a fleece vest underneath. Warmth is provided by a 100-percent polyester lining, and the elements are kept out with two layers of waterproof polyester—great for when your sailing takes you into the 40s and 50s. The jacket includes a lower back hem for added protection (sitting on a dew-covered deck, for example). It’s lightweight and breathable and includes a roll-away hood, adjustable cuffs and a zippered inside pocket large enough for a cellphone. $199.
A good compliment to the Navigator’s Jacket is Gill’s Waterproof Beanie. Just how much better can you make something as simple as a beanie? Try adding a polyester micro-fleece thermal lining to keep your head toasty, and then make it waterproof. We had a chance to try this out in sub-freezing temperatures recently, and it kept the pate nice and warm. $33.
The Millbrook Zip Tee is a lightweight, quick-drying tech shirt that does a great job of wicking moisture away from your body. Its high collar adds to the sun protection provided by the 50+ UV material and the zipper makes the shirt easy to get in and out of. $50.
Combine these three and you’ve got yourself a great three-part warmth system for fall and winter sailing or offseason boatwork. www.gillmarine.com