It’s not the best feeling in the world when you realise your foulies are past their 'best by date’ as you sit there with a soggy bottom after only ten minutes on the water. Your mood sinks even further as you start calculating how much you promised yourself you'd spend on a new pair. Do not fret! You may not need to commit to new just yet. Reproofing your sailing gear can provide wondrous results at a fraction of the cost.
There are some excellent products out there that will clean and/or reproof your clothing to an almost new standard! Gill's reproofing spray came out as the PBO best buy in their Dec 2013 issue when tested against other makes, we have also used it with success on a couple of old foulies that we keep in the unloading bay of the chandlery. If you want to wash and proof in one easy action I use Granger’s 2 in 1. Speaking from personal experience my old faithful Musto Gortex midlayer jacket (just had its 10th birthday and is still giving a sterling service) is brought into action when I am climbing masts and as you can imagine gets scruffy very quickly as most spars are not cleaned on a regular basis! After a wash and then a tumble dry to maximise the water repellency it’s good to go once again!
If, however, it’s a seam that’s leaking try Yachticon Seam Sealer not only is it good for foulies but for leaking or weeping seams on spray hoods and cockpit enclosure, it does the biz! For a tear in waterproof clothing, a temporary patch on a sail, a temporary repair on a sprayhood window or the repair of certain inflatables (not ones manufactured from Hypalon) Stormsure is a great addition to your tool kit.