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post #5 of Old 05-14-2013
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Re: USCG 2012 Boating Accident stats--"It ain't us?"..

Nola, these stats are always a wake-up call to the "sailing will kill you" crowd. I started a similar thread a couple of years ago on the same stats for that year:

How "afraid" should we be of sailing?

The bottom line? To be statistically safe sailing all you have to do is 4 things:

1. Get 10 or so hours of some informal training on how to sail
2. Take a 40' vessel into the open ocean in rough to very rough conditions
3. Wear a pfd, don't drink, stay on the boat (regardless of make or year)
4. Sail REALLY fast

I'm down with that.

(We're safer than a freakin' canoe!)
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