So I shipped off my Neil Pryde dry suit today for warranty repairs. The suit is exactly one year old, and I'm already dealing with leaks. I'm missing the strong NW blow out in Lewes today, but I should have it back before we head to the coast for Thanksgiving. Remember kids, It always blows on turkey day!
I love the comfort and reassurance provided from a dry suit. Granted, a 6/5/4 wetsuit may indeed have the same warmth, but psychologically, a dry suit just gives me that inspired confidence to sail in the dead of winter in freezing conditions. Heck, I've unrigged with ice on my sails, and been completely toasty in that suit. Now that being said, these dry suits are just so darn prissy, you can poke a hole in the dang thing with a long fingernail, or wearing it while rigging and sitting on the ground covered with burs or sticks can do it too.
I may have to look into those Billabong suits Andy has been raving about. He seems to be pretty convinced they are the way to go.